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What Senate change means for reform

Jan 20, 2010
With Republican Scott Brown winning the Massachusetts senatorial seat, the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority is gone. Tom Mann of the Brookings Institution talks with Kai Ryssdal about what happens to President Obama's agenda now.

States owe billions in unemployment

Jan 20, 2010
A ProPublica study shows half of the state unemployment systems in the U.S. are deeply in debt. So far, states have borrowed $25 billion from the Feds in order to keep paying laid-off workers. Mitchell Hartman explores states' repayment options.
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Brown will give reforms a rough ride

Jan 20, 2010
The election of Republican Scott Brown to the Massachusetts senatorial seat dissolves the Democrats' filibuster-proof Senate majority. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's John Dimsdale about how that will affect the White House agenda.

Senate balance at stake in Mass vote

Jan 19, 2010
Massachusetts voters elect a replacement for Senator Edward Kennedy today, and a Republican win would eliminate the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's John Dimsdale.

How the Fed made a record profit

Jan 12, 2010
The Federal Reserve made its biggest profit ever in 2009. It's turning a nice deposit of about $46 billion back to the Treasury Department. Where did it get all that money? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Fed makes record profit in 2009

Jan 12, 2010
The Federal Reserve made record profits in 2009, the biggest annual profit in the bank's history -- which is good news for the federal budget. Sam Eaton reports why the Fed was so successful last year.

Arizona sells buildings to plug deficit

Jan 8, 2010
Arizona is selling its legislative buildings to investors to raise $735 million to make up for its budget deficit -- a financial move not often made by states. Brett Neely explains why investors will find these assets valuable.

How Dodd's retirement affects reform

Jan 6, 2010
Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will not seek re-election. He was leading the Senate's work on Wall Street reform, so what happens now? John Dimsdale reports.

PA governor: Pass gambling or lose jobs

Jan 6, 2010
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is strongly advocating a law to legalize table games in the state, and has threatened to lay off 1,000 state employees unless it passes by Friday. Joel Rose reports how the move would help the state budget.

Where will reform go without Dodd?

Jan 6, 2010
Where will the departure of Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd leave his financial reforms? Steve Chiotakis explores Dodd's proposals with Marketplace's Nancy Marshall Genzer.