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The limits of lobby reform

Jan 27, 2006
All week, members of Congress have been debating limits on lobbying to prevent the abuses of now-disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says the worst abuses have to do with Congressional fundraising, not lobbying.

Cyber security

Jan 27, 2006
As many as 26 states are lobbying the federal government for funds to shore up cyberspace against possible terrorist hacking and sabotage. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Incentive or token fine?

Jan 27, 2006
The Federal Trade Commission has fined ChoicePoint Inc. $15 million for putting the identities of 145,000 consumers at risk of theft. Is $15 million really enough to incentivize companies to take extra steps to protect personal information? Amy Scott takes a look.

Fourth quarter GDP

Jan 27, 2006
The government is expected to release GDP figure for the fourth quarter of 2005 today, and analysts predict the number will show that the economy slowed during the last three months of the year. Bob Moon has more.

No loans for commercial takings

Jan 26, 2006
BB&T Bank, the ninth largest US Bank, has refused to loan money to commercial projects built on private land seized under eminent domain. The move is in response to a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the practice. Tess Vigeland looks at whether other banks will follow suit.

Lobbying hearings

Jan 25, 2006
Congress continues its headlong rush to change the rules for lobbying. Democrat or Republican, House or Senate, everyone's got lobby reform as a top priority this year. Some proposals were considered in a Senate hearing today. John Dimsdale reports.

Reforming national flood insurance

Jan 25, 2006
A Senate committee today takes up the issue of whether to reform the National Flood Insurance Program in light of last fall's devastating hurricane season. John Dimsdale has more.

Lobbying reform

Jan 25, 2006
A Senate committee with a reputation for bi-partisanship is tackling the issue of lobbying reform this morning. It's the first high profile step toward new lobbying rules and regulations in the wake of the scandal involving former super lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Leery of Lexus Lanes

Jan 25, 2006
Savvy Traveler commentator Rudy Maxa cries foul over government plans for two-tiered security screening at airports.

Mine safety hearings

Jan 23, 2006
Federal lawmakers today focused on coal mining tragedies in West Virginia that have claimed 14 lives in the last three weeks. Scott Tong reports that there's talk of stiffer penalties and better enforcement of existing laws.

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