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Entitlement reform a priority for Congress

Dec 27, 2006
Our major federal entitlement programs are headed for bankruptcy. Will next year's Democratic-led Congress succeed with reforms? John Dimsdale takes the temperature in Washington.

Former President Gerald Ford dies

Dec 27, 2006
Our 38th President, Gerald Rudolph Ford, died Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. At 93, he was the longest-lived U.S. president.
Posted In: Washington

Tallying up the cost of more troops

Dec 20, 2006
President Bush has suggested increasing the numbers of active-duty troops in the military. We take a look at what that might cost. Kai Ryssdal talks with defense expert Gordon Adams.
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There's a war on. Fund it right.

Dec 20, 2006
Commentator Newt Gingrich says that six years into the battle against radical Islamists and brutal dictators we're still funding the effort as if we were in peacetime.

AT&T, Bell South merger delayed

Dec 19, 2006
The merger has one regulatory hurdle left: FCC approval. Late yesterday that hurdle got higher when FCC member Robert McDowell decided to abstain because he used to work as a telecom lobbyist. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Washington

Ethics reform makes a comeback?

Dec 14, 2006
Voter discontent may have given new life to ethics reform in Washington. A package that would beef up bans on gifts and meals from lobbyists is seeing light on the Hill today. John Dimsdale reports.
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Dems put ethics rules at top of agenda

Dec 13, 2006
Congressional Democrats are considering setting up an external ethics panel to enforce new restrictions on gifts and perks for lawmakers. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

SEC reconsiders Sarbanes-Oxley

Dec 13, 2006
Federal regulators are expected today to offer some relief for smaller companies that have been complaining about the cost of complying with the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Corporate America and foreign oil

Dec 13, 2006
Big business is organizing to lobby Washington about overseas oil dependence. Host Scott Jagow talks to Goldman Sachs' vice-chairman Bob Hormats about the group's mission.
Posted In: Washington

Democrats, protectionism's a bad idea

Dec 12, 2006
If Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson can't get trade concessions from the Chinese, the fear is the Democratic Congress might throw up barriers of its own. But commentator Bruce Stokes says it's not quite that simple.
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