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Oil-price conspiracy theories flow

Sep 25, 2006
As Republican candidates talk up falling gas prices, a USA Today poll finds 42% of respondents believe the Bush administration "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline" heading into fall elections. Bob Moon reports.

Defense spending wins out

Sep 25, 2006
Bowing to White House pressure, the Senate has agreed to restore billions in defense spending cuts, which could spell bad news for some domestic programs. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Cash incentives for the poor

Sep 21, 2006
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested paying poor people for making good choices such as staying in school or seeing a doctor regularly. Newt Gingrich, who joins Marketplace as an occasional commentator, says it's an idea worth considering.

Church, politics and the IRS

Sep 18, 2006
The IRS says it's renewed efforts to enforce the laws that limit churches and charities from involvement in partisan political campaigns. One group is sending out warning letters to 117,000 clergy members. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

More politicking over FDA pick

Sep 18, 2006
Approval of President Bush's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration may be blocked by members of his own party. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Washington

Ney pleads guilty in lobbying scandal

Sep 15, 2006
Ohio Congressman Bob Ney has agreed to plead guilty in a corruption scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Campaign spending hits record highs

Sep 15, 2006
TV might be losing commercial ads to the Internet but political ads are a different story. Lisa Napoli explains.

Lobby reform may have to wait

Sep 14, 2006
What happened to all the tough reform talk prompted by those ethics scandals at the beginning of the year? An earmark reform bill is making its through Congress today. Hillary Wicai looks at whether it has any teeth.
Posted In: Washington

Big Oil slides out of royalty payments

Sep 13, 2006
Turns out operators of the major oil field recently discovered in the Gulf don't have to pay royalties for their find. Host Kai Ryssdal speaks to Marketplace's Scott Tong, who's been following the story.
Posted In: Washington

Oil companies not paying royalties

Sep 13, 2006
Lawmakers open a hearing today into claims the Interior Department continues to waive royalty payments for big oil companies. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Washington

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