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AIG stock sale raises $8.7 billion

May 25, 2011
Part of the AIG stock sale included 200 million U.S. government-held shares. The sale raised about $5.8 billion for the government. Timothy Massad, acting assistant secretary for financial stability at the Treasury Department, explains why the government sold shares now, and what this means for TARP.

Analysis: Has Dodd-Frank solved the moral hazard problem?

May 25, 2011
Richard DeKaser, economist with the Parthenon Group, discusses the benefits of Dodd-Frank and the roll of lobbyists in the Financial Regulation Reform Act.

Defense Secretary Gates to outline Pentagon budget

May 24, 2011
Secretary Robert Gates is set to dictate Pentagon budget cuts before he ends his tenure at the Department of Defense. Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution explains.

Biden will lead latest round of budget discussions

May 24, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden will lead continued bipartisan negotiations to raise the debt ceiling today. While the deal is still at least a few weeks away, the talks aim to avert a default on U.S. debt.

Delinquent government contractors

May 24, 2011
A Senate subcommittee hearing tomorrow finds government contractors who owe back taxes were still able to win contracts for government stimulus projects.

GOP presidential contenders scramble for money

May 23, 2011
So far, Mitt Romney has raised more money than anyone else, but the Republican base will ultimately determine which of half a dozen contenders draw the most support.

Social spending meets market discipline

May 23, 2011
U.S. federal, state and city governments are moving toward testing a British idea for social programs: pay only if they achieve desired results.

The changing campaign landscape

May 23, 2011
As politicians look forward to the 2012 campaign, many analysts are curious how the difference in economic climates will shape political fundraising. Alex Burns from Politico explains.

Campaign fundraising faces a new economic landscape

May 23, 2011
Presidential hopefuls are scrambling to begin raising money for the 2012 elections. Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, explains how this election's finances will be very different than 2008's.

A tough economy weighs on campaign finances

May 23, 2011
As new Republican candidates throw their hats into the ring for the 2012 presidential campaign, some are concerned about campaign fundraising in a difficult economic climate.

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