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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.

War profiteering trial starts

Feb 13, 2006
Tomorrow, the first Iraq war profiteering trial begins. US security firm Custer Battles is accused of defrauding the government while working in Iraq. Kai Ryssdal speaks to Charles Babcock of the Washington Post about the story.

What worries business about the PATRIOT Act?

Feb 10, 2006
Congress is moving to renew the PATRIOT Act, but businesses are worried about some of the provisions of the new bill. Eric Niiler has the story.

Tax e-filing - the wave of the future

Feb 10, 2006
February may feel early to be worrying about taxes, but tax day is fast approaching. As Alisa Roth reports from New York, a growing number of states are requiring preparers to file electronically... or face hefty fines.

Roadless lawsuit

Feb 10, 2006
The list of Western states suing the Bush administration over plans to open roadless areas in national forests to logging grew to four yesterday when Washington State joined the fray. Sam Eaton looks at what's at stake for the timber and eco-tourism industries.

Video games give investors pause on Sudan

Feb 10, 2006
Student activists no longer rely on rallies in the quad to pressure investors to pull out of areas of the world they consider repressive. They're using video games to get their point across. And as Jeff Tyler reports, they're coming through loud and clear.

DeLay finds a new role

Feb 9, 2006
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has been awarded a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. DeLay will occupy the seat formerly filled by California Republican Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who resigned after pleading guilty to accepting bribes. Hillary Wicai reports.

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