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GOP picks 'exceptionally average' state

Aug 29, 2008
Republicans have chosen a backdrop for their convention -- Minnesota -- that reflects some of the same economic problems the country, and the new president, are going to have to deal with. Annie Baxter reports.

Wall Street takes county to woodshed

Aug 29, 2008
In the mid-90's Alabama's Jefferson County issued $3 billion in bonds to pay for a new sewer system. But now the loan might end up dragging the county, which includes Birmingham, into the gutter. And Wall Street's not happy. Andrew Yeager reports.
Posted In: Investing

After speeches, money does the talking

Aug 28, 2008
Political party conventions are as much about money as platforms and funny hats. Politico's Jeanne Cummings is in Denver for the Democratic convention. She talks with Kai Ryssdal about the event's bottom line.

Dems need to consider nuclear energy

Aug 26, 2008
Commentator Will Marshall says there's a missing element in the Democratic party's platform that needs to be looked at more closely -- the future of nuclear power.

Denver's ambitions are a mile high

Aug 25, 2008
Denver's not a town that normally gets a whole lot of media attention, because it's far from bigger economic and political centers of power. But some in the city think they can show the rest of us the shape of our economic future. Jeremy Hobson reports.

A more activist approach from the Fed

Aug 21, 2008
The Federal Reserve's annual symposium is getting underway today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the landscape looks a lot different from last year. Dan Grech explores the Fed's role as a lender of last resort to banks.
Posted In: Economy

Where campaign funds can't be tapped

Aug 21, 2008
Politicians have been using campaign accounts as personal legal defense funds for years. But Steve Henn reports in Senator David Vitter's prostitution case, the Federal Election Commission is starting to draw a line.

A word on capital gains; dividend taxes

Aug 20, 2008
If you wonder where the candidates are on dividend and capital gains taxes, commentator Glenn Hubbard can fill you in. Then, he'll explain why he thinks the government needs to keep them low.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

Convention donors have no limits

Aug 20, 2008
Campaign finance laws may limit the donations lawmakers can accept, but companies and unions can give as much as they want for conventions. Steve Henn looks into how much sponsors can get for a million dollars.

Campaign staffers and political ties

Aug 18, 2008
Sen. John McCain's been getting heat for having lobbyists on his campaign staff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's becoming difficult to avoid hiring experts with connections.