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New rules would paint uglier deficit picture

Oct 23, 2006
What if future Social Security payments showed up on the government's present balance sheet? A sweeping new proposal for government accounting rules would do just that. Hillary Wicai looks at possible repercussions.
Posted In: Washington

Biofuel supporters better step on it

Oct 23, 2006
Illinois wants half the motor fuel used in the state to be supplied by homegrown, alternative sources by 2017. But right now flex fuel vehicles and biofuel stations are few and far between, Sam Eaton reports.

Government accounting shakeup?

Oct 23, 2006
A federal advisory board has proposed major changes to the way the government accounts for Social Security and Medicare. The new rule would make the U.S. budget deficit look much larger. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Washington

House investigators fired

Oct 20, 2006
The House Appropriations Committee has shut down its team of investigators. They specialized in exposing fraudulent government spending. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Two down, one big win to go for Spitzer

Oct 20, 2006
New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer won two big legal victories yesterday. It's good news for a man who's hoping to be New York's next governor, Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Six degrees of options backdating?

Oct 19, 2006
A sizable number of companies that have been backdating stock options share common board members, according to a recent study. The SEC is looking into the possibility that they helped spread the practice. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

Trusting the e-vote

Oct 19, 2006
Many states have switched to new paperless electronic voting systems, but some officials are worried about unforeseen technical glitches. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science

Scraping by on minimum wage

Oct 19, 2006
Oregon has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. Mitchell Hartman reports from Portland on how recipients are getting by on $7.50 an hour.

Can we afford to secure Iraq, North Korea . . . ?

Oct 18, 2006
Commentators David Frum and Robert Reich give their respective two cents on the issues that matter most &mdash; but probably won't get any air time &mdash; in the upcoming midterm elections. This week, defense spending and world architecture.<br clear="left" />

Dial-a-translator

Oct 18, 2006
A new business service marketed squarely at immigrants launched today in San Francisco: It's an over-the-phone translation service for non-English-speaking consumers. Rachel Dornhelm has the 411.
Posted In: Immigration

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