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EPA denying stricter CO2 limits

Feb 29, 2008
California and 14 other states want tighter limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars. But the EPA says it will deny the bid for stricter regulations. John Dimsdale reports it could have to do pressure from the auto industry.

Democrats appeal to NAFTA resentment

Feb 28, 2008
Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama have been focusing on their opposition to NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. But will voters in Ohio, where thousands of manufacturing jobs have been lost, be persuaded? Mhari Saito reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Bush calls for more wiretapping power

Feb 28, 2008
At President Bush's press conference he talked about everything from fighting AIDS to stimulating the economy. But his most passionate topic was why Congress should pass the warrantless wiretapping program. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Economy

House considers new ethics panel

Feb 28, 2008
The U.S. House is expected to vote today on whether to set up a new, independent panel to screen ethics complaints. But some worry the panel could launch political witch hunts. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Proceed with caution in this economy

Feb 27, 2008
Some economists and pundits have said we should spend our way out of the current economic slowdown. But commentator and economist Susan Lee says it was that same worry-free attitude about buying that got us into the housing crisis in the first place.
Posted In: Economy

Another rate cut ahead -- maybe

Feb 27, 2008
Ben Bernanke went to Capitol Hill to once again express the critical state of the economy. He signaled that the Fed is still deciding whether to cut interest rates. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Economy

Is there a check on banks' political clout?

Feb 26, 2008
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says recent legislation pushed in the Senate by bank lobbyists shows just how much political power the nation's richest industries have.
Posted In: Science

Where does that $3 trillion go?

Feb 26, 2008
This year President Bush proposed a federal budget of more than $3 trillion. Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Bittle, author of "Where Does the Money Go?," about how taking a closer look at the spending of federal dollars could help avoid future deficits.
Posted In: Books, Washington

U.S. should define its secret technology

Feb 20, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says that when it comes to technology the government doesn't know what should be sold to foreign countries and what should be kept secret.
Posted In: Science

Cuban-Americans hope for reforms

Feb 19, 2008
Cuban-Americans are hoping Fidel Castro's resignation will prompt economic reforms in the country. Dan Grech reports on the immigrants' increased influence on US-Cuba policy.
Posted In: Travel

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