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Forgotten suburbs

Feb 16, 2006
The residential communities that first sprang up around urban centers are often neglected in terms of redevelopment funding and planning, according a new report out. Scott Tong has the details.

Union campaign

Feb 15, 2006
Today Change to Win, the group of unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO, is launching its year-long effort to turn low-wage hotel jobs into middle class jobs. Some labor analysts say the campaign has the potential to make a big splash. Hillary Wicai reports.

Gulf Coast rebuilding

Feb 15, 2006
While a Senate committee prepares for hearings today into how to rebuild the Gulf Coast, commentator Robert Reich argues that the government needs to lend a helping hand, not a bailout.

Privacy is as privacy does...

Feb 15, 2006
US Internet companies go before the House International Relations Committee today to answer questions about their involvement in Chinese censorship and political repression. Alisa Roth reports on whether the disclosures of cooperation could trigger a consumer backlash against the companies.

A royal subsidy for Big Oil

Feb 14, 2006
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.

The economics of lobbying

Feb 14, 2006
A report out this week shows that the lobbying industry is growing rapidly, but as Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum tells Kai Ryssdal, companies are still getting their money's worth for what they spend on lobbyists.

Iraq contractor fraud trial

Feb 14, 2006
Civil proceedings begin today for a US military contractor charged with bilking the US and Iraqi governments. Eric Niiler reports.

Administration opposes farm subsidies

Feb 14, 2006
In a move sure to rankle Farm Belt lawmakers, President Bush called agricultural subsides harmful to small farmers and American competitiveness. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

More good times for Big Oil

Feb 14, 2006
Times are good for energy companies. Oil's at historic highs. And remember those record billions in profit from Exxon and Shell? Plus, the federal government is about to give companies a $7 billion oil tax writeoff. The New York Times reported today that it would be one of the biggest giveaways of oil and gas in American history. Dan Grech reports.

"Misplaced" Katrina money

Feb 13, 2006
The Goverment Accountability Office said today hundreds of millions of dollars may have been lost after Hurricane Katrina, due to waste and outright fraud.

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