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SEC considers financial adviser rules

Dec 29, 2009
The SEC wants to prohibit investment advisers from making political contributions to win state business. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Weekly Wrap

Dec 24, 2009
Megan McArdle of The Atlantic magazine and Mike Mandel, author of the textbook "Economics: The Basics" size up the week in business with Kai Ryssdal.
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Controversy over pay czar's restrictions

Dec 24, 2009
Reporter Mitchell Hartman talks with Bill Radke about GM's pay packages and how much controversy is being caused by pay czar Kenneth Feinberg's restrictions.

Senate approves Bernanke nomination

Dec 17, 2009
The Senate Banking Committee approved Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's renomination to another four-year term by a vote of 16 to 7. Bernanke had supporters and opponents from both major parties, as Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson reports.

State budgets reeling from recession

Dec 15, 2009
State programs across the board have suffered from budget cuts made to balance out the recession. And next year will be even trickier for states as public needs rise and states try to stand without the help of stimulus money. Alisa Roth reports.

Obama will be open about war spending

Dec 14, 2009
The House hopes to pass a $130 billion Pentagon spending bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. President Obama has said he won't hide the war costs -- a move towards clearer, more transparent accounting. Brett Neely reports.

A new agency in financial overhaul bill

Dec 9, 2009
The House is considering a bill that would overhaul the financial industry with the use of a special bailout fund and the creation of a new agency. But some business lobbyists are worried about the number of regulators involved. Brett Neely reports.

Bernanke faces grilling to keep job

Dec 3, 2009
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is facing tough questions from members of the Senate Banking Committee as he seeks another term. John Dimsdale reports.

Cash will be key weapon in Afghanistan

Dec 2, 2009
Dollars will be a significant part of the U.S. arsenal in the ramped-up battle against the Taliban. Money will also be widely distributed as development aid. Steve Henn reports on the many uses of cold, hard cash in the battle for hearts and minds.

Afghanistan plan to exceed $30 billion

Dec 2, 2009
In his address to the nation, President Obama says the deployment of 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan will cost $30 billion. But the actual cost will be higher, as Marketplace's John Dimsdale explains to Kai Ryssdal.