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Doing nothing's a good thing

Dec 8, 2006
Commentator Len Burman says that while conventional wisdom considers it'll be bad if Congress fails to extend tax breaks for education, corporate R&D and other things, he thinks it's great!
Posted In: Washington

Blue Dogs will be guarding the House

Dec 7, 2006
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says that the new Congress will look just like the old one, because the democratic majority is as centrist and pro-business as many Republicans.
Posted In: Washington

FEMA fails progress report

Dec 6, 2006
FEMA continues to mishandle millions of dollars in Katrina aid and has failed to recovered most of the money lost to fraudulent claims. Those are just two of the highlights in a GAO report released today, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

O Capitol Christmas tree

Dec 6, 2006
Tonight's tree lighting in Washington D.C. will feature a Pacific silver fir from Washington State — and you might not believe the production and expense that went into it. Austin Jenkins has the story.
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Passing the budget hot potato

Dec 5, 2006
The Republican-controlled 109th Congress begins its final session today. It's expected to leave the hard budget choices to the new Democratic Congress in '07 — and that could set up a showdown with the President. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

SEC denies cover-up

Dec 5, 2006
A Senate panel is looking into allegations that the SEC fired one of its investigators to protect a prominent Wall Street executive, but critics say the agency's problems run deeper. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Congress punts budget . . . again

Dec 4, 2006
The lame duck Congress has decided to leave the unfinished budget for next year. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks with Congressional Quarterly's Jill Barshay about what else will — and will not — get done this week.
Posted In: Washington

Seattle's arena battle

Dec 4, 2006
Seattle voters overwhelmingly passed an initiative to block future public money from being used for pro sports teams — but some are trying to work a deal for a new SuperSonics stadium anyway. Amy Radil reports.
Posted In: Sports

Obama's burden

Nov 27, 2006
Commentator Marcellus Andrews sees Barak Obama as a new type of corporate-money-backed liberal — and fears that power and wealth might corrupt the beloved senator.

Private spooks for hire

Nov 17, 2006
U.S. intelligence agencies are having a hard time grooming enough agents and analysts to cover their post-9/11 needs. So, they're relying more on private contractors. Jeff Tyler reports.
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