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Can markets predict elections?

Jan 1, 2008
There are a growing number of so-called "prediction markets," where investors can buy shares in political candidates. If the candidate wins, so does the investor. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports.

Law puts Arizona economy on the fence

Dec 31, 2007
In Arizona an estimated 1 in 10 workers is undocumented -- double the national average. It's also the reason the nation's toughest demand-side immigration law will go into effect there Jan. 1. The law could become a national model, if the state doesn't go bankrupt first. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Lights go out at the FEC

Dec 31, 2007
As the falling ball lights Times Square tonight, the lights will effectively be going out at the Federal Election Commission. The FEC is going to start the New Year with only two commissioners, and six are needed to stop candidates from bending the rules. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

America needs immigrants' ambition

Dec 26, 2007
Illegal immigration is still a hot topic on the campaign trail. But commentator Robert Reich says the current debate over the issue misses the mark.
Posted In: Immigration

No more parties inside the House

Dec 20, 2007
New ethics rules are forbidding members of Congress to participate in any event that would honor them. But congressional watchdogs don't trust the restrictions as the House finds loopholes. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Candidates bring campaigns home

Dec 19, 2007
Six months ago the biggest issue in the presidential campaign was Iraq. Now, it's the economy. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Matthew Yglesias, an associate editor at Atlantic Monthly magazine, about the campaigns' shift to pocketbook issues.
Posted In: Economy

There's always room for pet projects

Dec 18, 2007
The $516 billion federal spending bill OK'd by the House and now before the Senate funds 14 cabinet agencies and the war in Afghanistan. It's also got 9,000 earmarks in it. Jeremy Hobson has this holiday spending tale.
Posted In: Washington

FCC's second attempt to open door

Dec 17, 2007
The FCC is once again trying to loosen restrictions on media ownership by allowing one company to own a TV station and newspaper in the same market. John Dimsdale reports it could mean fewer sources of information.

Web money for candidates goes further

Dec 14, 2007
Democratic donation Web site ActBlue wants to extend its campaigns beyond candidates to include unions and corporations. Congress will decide today whether or not they can. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Spending bills stall with slim majority

Dec 13, 2007
The federal fiscal year started more than two months ago but Congress still hasn't passed 11 of the 12 spending bills to fund the government. And that's not the only economic legislation that's going nowhere. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Washington