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Lawmakers' inside advantage to trading

Sep 17, 2009
Company executives are forbidden from trading stocks using insider knowledge, but no such law exists to prevent members of Congress from doing so. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Is money a factor in the missile move?

Sep 17, 2009
President Obama says he's abandoning plans for a large-scale missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Bill Radke discusses the move with Mike O'Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Abuse grows for low-wage workers

Sep 11, 2009
Day laborers and activists are on Capitol Hill today pushing for immigration reform. They argue the economic crisis has meant growing abuse of illegal workers -- and the practice is spreading to legal ones, too. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Congress returns to its daily grind

Sep 8, 2009
Congress comes back to Washington, D.C. this week after summer break, and the local economy is excited to return to business as usual. But health care is threatening to take up a lot of space on the debate floor. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Weighty items on lawmakers' agenda

Sep 8, 2009
Health care isn't the only item lawmakers have to tackle. Tamara Keith reports that Congress' to-do list also includes climate legislation and reforming the financial regulatory system.

U.S. checking contractor citizenship

Sep 4, 2009
Next week, government contractors will have to verify the citizenship of their employees by entering them into a database. But the process comes with its share of costs and complications. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Social Security left without a boost

Aug 28, 2009
Social Security payments usually increase by a small amount each year to adjust for cost of living. But thanks to the recession, those living off the government-issued checks won't be seeing more dollar signs this year. Tamara Keith reports.
Posted In: Economy

Fed thinks disclosure is a bad idea

Aug 27, 2009
The Federal Reserve Board is trying to head off a court order to reveal, by the end of the month, which banks accepted trillions of dollars worth of emergency loans from the Fed to stay afloat. John Dimsdale reports

Kennedy focused on common people

Aug 26, 2009
Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday at 77, was a man of privilege who dedicated himself to defending opportunities for workers, students and the sick. Marketplace's John Dimsdale takes a look back at Kennedy's economic philosophy.

Filling in the gaps of deficit projections

Aug 25, 2009
The 10-year projections of the federal deficit by the Congressional Budget Office and the White House's Office of Management and Budget differ by $2 trillion. Economics and law professor Alan Auerbach explains why they're so far apart.

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