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New rules don't cut off power trips

Feb 20, 2007
The House Ethics Committee is set to announce new rules on congressional travel. But Steve Henn reports some newly elected leaders started planning their latest trips before the ink was even dry.
Posted In: Washington

A tax hike for the rich?

Feb 16, 2007
As Republicans work to win back public favor, there's word today that President Bush may be willing to tax the rich to take the Alternative Minimum Tax burden off the middle class.
Posted In: Taxes, Washington

Congress trying to save the middle class

Feb 16, 2007
A House committee is holding hearings to figure out why the gap between the wealthy and the middle class just keeps getting wider — and what to do about it.
Posted In: Washington

Going after waste in defense contracts

Feb 15, 2007
With some tough talk, Senate Democrats introduced legislation today that would tighten rules on defense contractors. Eric Niiler reports.
Posted In: Washington

Taking another stab at tobacco regulation

Feb 15, 2007
A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces a bill today that would allow the FDA to regulate tobacco. And anti-smoking activists say past failures might not mean a thing in the new, more liberal Congress.
Posted In: Washington

California muscles its way into primary season

Feb 14, 2007
Lawmakers are working to move California's presidential primary from June to February to up its influence on the race. The move would have a major impact on the campaign — politically and financially.

Charging up the immigration debate

Feb 13, 2007
Bank of America is reportedly marketing credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers. The company launched the new program in 51 Los Angeles branches last week and hopes to take it national later this year.
Posted In: Immigration

Stemming the Boomer retirement tide

Feb 12, 2007
One California professor says we need to invest in educating the children of immigrant workers, because they may be our best hope for replacing the wave of Baby Boomers about to leave the workforce.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Enough with CBO secrecy

Feb 7, 2007
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says too many good bills are lost to bad cost projections and that lawmakers should demand the Congressional Budget Office open up its scoring models.
Posted In: Washington

Subsidy cuts with a side of greens

Feb 7, 2007
The Senate takes a look at the 2007 farm bill today. On the table: cutting subsidies to the wealthiest farmers, aiming more money at conservation and spending to promote American fruits and vegetables.
Posted In: Washington

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