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Homeland Security wastes billions

Jul 27, 2006
A bipartisan congressional report out today finds that 32 Homeland Security contracts worth $34 billion are fraught with, you guessed it: fraud. Hillary Wicai reports on a Senate bill that seeks to change that.
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And the Beige Book says . . .

Jul 27, 2006
The Federal Reserve's current report on economic activity shows slowing in half of its 12 regional districts. But it doesn't offer many clues about whether the Fed will raise interest rates next month. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Pulling backing the curtain on executive pay

Jul 26, 2006
SEC regulators endorsed new rules today that will force public companies to disclose compensation packages for their top five corporate executives, including any perk over $10,000. John Dimsdale reports.
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Ice cream guy takes on defense budget

Jul 26, 2006
Ben & Jerry's founder Ben Cohen now runs a non-profit called Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to him about the change from peddling ice cream to trying to cut the defense budget.
Posted In: Washington

Big problem for small business

Jul 26, 2006
The government claims it gives a certain percentage of federal contracts to small businesses, but a report out today says last year $12 billion went to the biggies instead of the little guys. Dan Grech reports.
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Out-of-state business taxes

Jul 26, 2006
The House of Representatives could vote as early as today on a bill limiting states' ability to tax some businesses. John Dimsdale reports.
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Out-of-state business taxes on the block

Jul 25, 2006
A new bill in Congress could dramatically cut back states' authority to tax businesses located outside their borders — and that has states crying foul. John Dimsdale reports.
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Will the Katie Couric rule survive?

Jul 25, 2006
The SEC votes tomorrow on new executive compensation rules. A proposed requirement to reveal salaries and perks of high-paid talent — named after the former Today show host — may be cut. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Washington

Military contracting is cost-effective after all

Jul 24, 2006
Can you believe that even with all the fraud at KBR and Halliburton, the contracting process actually saves money? That's what Business Week reporter Dawn Kopecki tells host Tess Vigeland.
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Fighting livestock registration

Jul 24, 2006
Vermont farmers are expected this week to sound off against a proposal to register all animals on livestock farms. They say it's just not feasible. Steve Tripoli reports.
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