Economy - Most Recent


Another rate cut ahead -- maybe

Feb 27, 2008
Ben Bernanke went to Capitol Hill to once again express the critical state of the economy. He signaled that the Fed is still deciding whether to cut interest rates. Kai Ryssdal has more.
Posted In: Economy

Is there a check on banks' political clout?

Feb 26, 2008
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says recent legislation pushed in the Senate by bank lobbyists shows just how much political power the nation's richest industries have.
Posted In: Science

Where does that $3 trillion go?

Feb 26, 2008
This year President Bush proposed a federal budget of more than $3 trillion. Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Bittle, author of "Where Does the Money Go?," about how taking a closer look at the spending of federal dollars could help avoid future deficits.
Posted In: Books, Washington

U.S. should define its secret technology

Feb 20, 2008
Commentator Robert Reich says that when it comes to technology the government doesn't know what should be sold to foreign countries and what should be kept secret.
Posted In: Science

Cuban-Americans hope for reforms

Feb 19, 2008
Cuban-Americans are hoping Fidel Castro's resignation will prompt economic reforms in the country. Dan Grech reports on the immigrants' increased influence on US-Cuba policy.
Posted In: Travel

Presidency a big job for one person

Feb 19, 2008
Commentator Charles Handy says that the U.S. president is expected to be both head of state and prime minister -- two very different roles that are hard to fill adequately by one person. Third in a series.

CO2 a common election concern

Feb 19, 2008
The presidential candidates are working hard to differentiate themselves, but most of them do agree on one thing. Sarah Gardner reports all the leading candidates endorse a limit on CO2 emissions.

Less limit on public election funds

Feb 18, 2008
Senators John McCain and Barack Obama signed a pledge last year to accept a limit on public financing in the general election. But John Dimsdale reports there may soon be a change to those ground rules.

U.S. Africa Command sparks skepticism

Feb 15, 2008
On his current trip to Africa, President Bush is scheduled to address the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, a new facility said to be for peacekeeping and anti-terrorism training. But many worry it's part of a plan to control the continent's oil resources. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Travel

Pork-barrel database is not digital

Feb 14, 2008
New rules allow citizens to track congressional spending easier with a database of this year's earmarks. But the data isn't easy to get to. If you want it, you have to go directly to Capitol Hill. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.