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Cost of the war

Sep 7, 2006
Lawmakers are expected to vote on new spending for the War on Terrorism today. So how much have we spent so far? As Hillary Wicai reports, it's not an easy question to answer.
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Congress looks at corporate fraud

Sep 6, 2006
Two Senate committees held hearings today on the options backdating scandal. Marketplace's Scott Tong tells host Kai Ryssdal that the practice may be history, but there's still plenty of trouble ahead for some companies.
Posted In: Washington

Corporate lobbying is here to stay

Sep 6, 2006
Despite talk of reform, commentator Jeff Birnbaum argues that lobbyists will always be a key part of how Washington works.

Backdating goes to Washington

Sep 6, 2006
Today lawmakers wade into the stock options backdating scandal. The Senate has scheduled hearings in the bank and finance committees where the top question is likely to be, what happens next? Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

Can parking tickets measure corruption?

Sep 5, 2006
Many developing — and some developed — nations have reputations for corruption. Turns out parking ticket data may serve as a good measure of just how corrupt. Undercover Economist Tim Harford explains.

Congress back in session

Sep 5, 2006
Lawmakers return to Washington this week after a long summer recess, and the clock is ticking on efforts to reach agreement on next year's budget. But don't expect much until after election season, Hillary Wicai reports.
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Latest economic indicator: No spin

Sep 1, 2006
Commentator and humorist Tim Bedore says journalists are always swallowing the spin that politicians put on economic news. So he's coming up with his own "No-Spin Zone."

Whistleblower takes his case to YouTube

Aug 29, 2006
A disgruntled engineer at Lockheed Martin went on YouTube.com to expose a series of security flaws in a $24 billion contract won by his company. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Washington

FEC considers rule change for campaign ads

Aug 29, 2006
Those weeks when your TV gets taken over by campaign commercials are just around the corner. Today the Federal Election Commission will look at easing restrictions on when interest groups can run ads. Hillary Wicai reports.Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.
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FEC considers new rules for political TV ads

Aug 28, 2006
The Federal Election Commission could make a major change to the nation's campaign finance laws that would change the way political ads are funded. Scott Tong reports.
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