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Revving up the Fed engine

Mar 31, 2008
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson has a blueprint for a new, streamlined Federal Reserve engine, complete with new and reorganized powers. But Congress still has to sign off on the bill. Alisa Roth reports.

Ethics law targets Louisiana's old ways

Mar 28, 2008
When a new set of ethics laws goes into effect in Louisiana this weekend, politicians are going to have to start toeing the line. The Bayou State has a long history of questionable relationships between businessmen and politicians. Kate Archer Kent reports that the new governor's trying to change that.

Pentagon faulted for private contractors

Mar 28, 2008
We all know companies often outsource work to contractors to cut costs. Even governments do it. But federal auditors now say the Defense Department counts on outside contractors too much Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Political TV spots you make yourself

Mar 28, 2008
Don't like the political ads you see on television? Then make one yourself. At, a website launched today, you create a campaign commercial and they help you get it on TV.

Subsidy caps to help the farm

Mar 28, 2008
Congress takes up the Farm Bill next week, and for the first time in years, they've toyed with cutting subsidies. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports farmers have agreed to some reforms, including a subsidy cap for higher performers.

Do candidates fully get subprime woes?

Mar 26, 2008
This week Hillary Clinton called on the government to help homeowners more, John McCain warned against too much government action, and Barack Obama said McCain doesn't know what he's talking about. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks into whether any of them do.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Plenty of Hoover to go around

Mar 21, 2008
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently attacked President Bush by equating him with Herbert Hoover. Economic historian Amity Shlaes explains why comparing any politician to Hoover is so insulting -- and how, in these confusing economic times, there's plenty of blame to go around.

Week on Wall Street

Mar 21, 2008
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

A campaign fundraising revolution?

Mar 21, 2008
FEC disclosures reveal a large percentage of donations to the two Democratic presidential nominees have come through small contributions via the Web. Does this mean the end of dependence on big donors for political campaigns? Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Science

Earmarks create a Web collapse

Mar 21, 2008
A new online earmark tracking system shut down the day requests were due because of an overload of traffic. John Dimsdale reports this could be an indicator of the House's inability to track and prioritize these projects.