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Tracking the campaign money

Oct 22, 2010
This is the first election cycle since Citizens United, the Supreme Court's ruling that unions and companies can spend as much as they want on almost anything they want. Dave Levinthal of the Center for Responsive Politics talks with Kai Ryssdal about where the external money in politics is coming from.

Political parties "micro-targeting" to get voters to polls

Oct 22, 2010
Candidates this year are spending unprecedented amounts of money to get voters to the polls, using sophisticated databases to find only those people most likely to vote their way. John Dimsdale reports.

How Prop 23 could affect jobs

Oct 18, 2010
California's Election Day ballot will feature a key initiative in Prop 23, which could halt the state's climate change law until state unemployment drops to 5 percent. But will passing the proposition mean even more job losses? Eve Troeh reports.

Second year in a row, social security benefits stay level

Oct 15, 2010
The Social Security Administration announced Friday that benefits will not rise next year because of low inflation. What are the next steps? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Why does the Fed want to raise inflation?

Oct 15, 2010
Ben Bernanke has indicated that the Federal Reserve is ready to pump more money into the economy in order to keep interest rates low and deal with unemployment. That also means inflation will rise. What will be the impact?
Posted In: Economy

News Corp. donations anger investors

Oct 14, 2010
British investors are protesting political donations in the U.S. by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Those investors object to payments that will help Republican candidates in the mid-term elections. Stephen Beard reports.

U.K.'s military spending on the chopping block

Oct 13, 2010
The cash-strapped United Kingdom has been cutting programs and services left and right, including military spending. Cuts the U.K.'s military budget is cause for concern for British citizens and the United States too.

Frum: Remove caps on how much parties can donate to candidates

Oct 13, 2010
Commentator David Frum has an idea on how to reduce the influence of donors on political candidates, so they can focus more on the issues.

ICE and LA County continue collaboration over illegal immigrant inmates

Oct 13, 2010
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors upheld a program that would allow county sheriff's employees to interview suspected undocumented inmates and pass their findings onto federal immigration officials. The county may save millions with the deportation of undocumented inmates.
Posted In: Immigration, Law

If you want to lower the deficit...

Oct 11, 2010
New York Times columnist David Leonhardt presents four options to bring the federal deficit down.