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Farm subsidies as seen from the farm

Jul 26, 2007
With the House considering a multibillion-dollar farm bill this week, we sought out the view from the tractor. Kai Ryssdal talks with Georgia farmer Stephen Houston.
Posted In: Washington

Paulson: Farm bill bad for trade

Jul 26, 2007
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told the House today that the farm bill it's debating would damage relations with U.S. trading partners. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

FBI wants funds for phone records

Jul 25, 2007
The FBI has asked Congress for money to pay telecommunications companies to store customer data in case agents decide they need it. Watchdog groups worry about the temptation for an abuse of power. Steve Henn reports.

Should shareholders get more power?

Jul 25, 2007
The SEC considered new rules that would give shareholders more influence over a company's board of directors. Some groups argue that giving shareholders more power would be an unnecessary burden on executives. Jeff Tyler reports.

Huddled masses yearning to learn free

Jul 23, 2007
With English proficiency becoming an increasingly crucial skill for U.S. immigrants, classes to learn the language for free fill up fast. Jessie Graham reports on the demands facing English-language programs in New York.
Posted In: Immigration

Stop America's farm socialism

Jul 20, 2007
Debate continues in Congress on the $250 billion farm bill. On Thursday, the House Agriculture Committee voted to end payments to the wealthiest farmers. Commentator Stephen Moore says it's a small step in the right direction.

Student borrowers may have it easier

Jul 20, 2007
The Senate has passed the Higher Education Access Act, which would direct more money to grants and student aid. If approved by the president, it's expected to make paying for college easier for students. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Washington

What took so long to address poverty?

Jul 19, 2007
Democratic presidential candidates John Edwards and Barak Obama have been focusing on poverty as a key issue. Commentator Angela Glover Blackwell says the attention is valuable, but the politicians have a long way to go.

Bittersweet anniversary for the homeless

Jul 19, 2007
Sunday marks 20 years since the enactment of the first federal legislation to tackle homelessness, but the number of homeless has since more than doubled. Jeff Tyler looks at what happened and how advocates suggest we turn things around.
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Plutocrats rising

Jul 11, 2007
The possibility that New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg might run for president has captivated Washington. And it's got commentator David Frum wondering why no one complains when a plutocrat seeks to buy political office.

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