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Convention donors have no limits

Aug 20, 2008
Campaign finance laws may limit the donations lawmakers can accept, but companies and unions can give as much as they want for conventions. Steve Henn looks into how much sponsors can get for a million dollars.

Campaign staffers and political ties

Aug 18, 2008
Sen. John McCain's been getting heat for having lobbyists on his campaign staff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's becoming difficult to avoid hiring experts with connections.

Lobbyists to party up convention VIPs

Aug 18, 2008
Lobbyists aren't dumb. When a political convention is in town, it's time to party -- and to promote their causes -- by inviting all the Congress people and other convention VIPs. Jeremy Hobson asks, is that allowed?

Repopulating New Orleans

Aug 15, 2008
To rebuild a city, you have to know who's back and who's not. Tess Vigeland talks to New Orleans demographer Allison Plyer about the state of the Crescent City three years after Hurricane Katrina.

Do CEO endorsements mean anything?

Aug 15, 2008
When high profile CEOs contribute to a political campaign, what's more valuable: the money, or the weight of their support? Steve Henn explores the question and the political influence of CEOs in this economy.

Truth-testing Obama's tax plan

Aug 14, 2008
Barack Obama unveiled new details about his tax-cut plan today. It includes the tax cuts -- and who will pay for them. Jeremy Hobson looked at the math to see if Obama's numbers hold up.
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Fed helps, but needs to be accountable

Aug 13, 2008
The Fed has bailed out banks, advised them on capital assets and now is issuing regulations for the credit-card industry. But who, asks commentator Robert Reich, is minding the Fed?

Voters revved up over energy

Aug 11, 2008
Energy is the top issue for voters this year, and constituents are giving members of Congress an earful about the price of gas. But Danielle Karson reports things might not get done until after the election.

Obama can't help Clinton's debt

Aug 8, 2008
Barack Obama is trying to get his supporters to help Hillary Clinton get out of campaign debt. But even Obama's backing isn't getting her much. Steve Henn reports why Clinton is a tough sell to almost any buyer.

Mayors talk, future presidents listen

Aug 5, 2008
The U.S. Conference of Mayors wants to get the attention of the presidential candidates by talking about the biggest problems for their cities. Danielle Karson reports crime is a hot topic in today's Philadelphia meeting.