Economy - Most Commented


Gas-tax hike is no holiday for Congress

Jul 21, 2008
With Americans reeling from skyrocketing gas prices, the last thing Congress wants to do is raise the gas tax. But as Jeremy Hobson reports, lawmakers are facing that very unpopular decision.
Posted In: Oil, Taxes

Investing in a politician's future

Jul 21, 2008
For politicians, PACs are more than a source of money; they're a way to gain political clout. As a part of our continuing series on PACs, Steve Henn reports.

Stricter English rules for U.S. truckers

Jul 18, 2008
As the demand for truck drivers increases, more drivers who don't speak the required amount of English have made it to the road. Now the government is planning to crack down. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Leadership PACs key to political funding

Jul 16, 2008
Most political candidates now fund their campaigns through what are called "leadership political action committees." In the first part of a special series, Steve Henn explains how those PACs work in the presidential election.

Dems' new ally in Congress: GOP

Jul 16, 2008
Republican lawmakers have helped override a presidential veto on Medicare, and they've called for more time to consider the Treasury Department's plan to help Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on the GOP rebelliousness.

U.S. should import more skilled workers

Jul 16, 2008
In the coming years, the U.S. will need hundreds of thousands of good minds to fill positions in math and the sciences. Commentator Will Wilkinson says that may require us to look beyond our own shores.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Can Fannie and Freddie fight free fall?

Jul 11, 2008
Stocks for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have lost half their value on Wall Street today and many seem to think a government takeover is on the way. Alisa Roth explores how the companies might save themselves.

Olympics are for sport, not politics

Jul 10, 2008
While many are tempted to use the Olympic Games as an opportunity to criticize China's human rights record, commentator Ilya Shapiro says it's time to take the politics out of this sporting event.
Posted In: Sports

Candidates search for election funds

Jul 9, 2008
John McCain still trails Barack Obama in fundraising, but may find help from an array of independent groups. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with Politico's Jeanne Cummings about where the campaigns will turn for money in this election.

Public fears of sovereign wealth funds

Jul 9, 2008
A group of sovereign wealth funds gathered today in Singapore to address peoples' concerns that government-backed investments are politically motivated. John Dimsdale reports why these funds pose a dilemma for the U.S.
Posted In: Investing