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Are new ethics laws ethical enough?

Feb 4, 2009
President Obama's nomination of former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle to his cabinet has some raising questions about Obama's new ethics rules. Tamara Keith explores the line dividing government officials and lobbyists.

Commerce nominee a 'stimulating' pick

Feb 3, 2009
President Obama is set to announce New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg as his choice for Commerce Secretary today. By choosing Gregg, Obama may be hoping to soften GOP resistance to his stimulus plan. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Weekly Wrap: All about Obama

Jan 23, 2009
Even with all the bad news about the economy, the main focus of the week was on President Barack Obama. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Fortune Magazine's Leigh Gallagher and The New York Times's David Leonhardt about how the president is addressing the economy and his stimulus package.
Posted In: Economy

Where GOP stimulus support is needed

Jan 23, 2009
President Obama is meeting with House Republicans next week seeking their support for his economic stimulus package. But it may be more important for Obama to get GOP backing in the Senate. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

California risks credit downgrade

Jan 23, 2009
California lawmakers are threatening to downgrade the state's overall credit rating, which would have a lot of ramifications for state taxpayers. Rico Gagliano also explains why even out-of-state taxpayers should care.
Posted In: Taxes

Bad economy keeps lobbyists anxious

Jan 22, 2009
With so much federal money up for grabs, one might think Washington's lobbying industry would be preparing for a bonanza. But, economic woes even have people on K Street feeling anxious. Steve Henn reports.

Economic woes limit U.S. foreign policy

Jan 21, 2009
President Obama's inauguration address focused a lot on the economy and foreign policy. But the U.S. economy may play a huge role in determining what can be done overseas. Kai Ryssdal speaks about foreign policy with Gideon Rose, managing editor of Foreign Affairs magazine.

Obama freezes pay, sets ethics rules

Jan 21, 2009
President Obama spent his first full day in office setting ethics guidelines and imposing a salary freeze on White House staffers earning more than $100,000. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about the president's new policies and his upcoming agenda.

Obama speech: Optimism and economy

Jan 20, 2009
President Barack Obama's inauguration speech touched on hope for the future and the economic troubles we face. Kai Ryssdal looks at what our new president had to say.

Washington not too bad in recession

Jan 20, 2009
Washington, D.C. tends to get a boost from increased government spending when faced with tough economic times, and the current unemployment rate is low. But the region is not immune to hardship. Ronni Radbill reports.