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Corn ethanol better for politicians than environment

Jun 5, 2006
Detroit has been bragging about its adoption of ethanol as an alternative fuel. But, as Los Angeles Times auto critic Dan Neil tells host Kai Ryssdal, corn-based fuel isn't all that efficient.
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Questionable trips for Congressional staff

Jun 5, 2006
A special Marketplace investigation reveals lobbyists have spent millions buying face time with Congressional staff members. Steve Henn reports.
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Air traffic jam

Jun 5, 2006
Today is the deadline for Congress to decide if it wants to intervene in the contract dispute between air traffic controllers and the Federal Aviation Administration. Alisa Roth tells us what's at stake.
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Indecency fines going up?

Jun 5, 2006
The House is expected to vote on a Senate bill this week to hike indecency fines for broadcasters tenfold. But broadcasters are ready to do battle. Jeff Tyler reports.
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Preschool ballot measure: Will it be a test?

Jun 2, 2006
A measure on Tuesday's California ballot calls for state funding of universal preschool. It's controversial. It isn't cheap. And it's being watched closely. Apryl Lundsten reports.

The Plan: We each get $10,000 a year

Jun 2, 2006
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid funding adds up to 9% of the US gross domestic product. More than <nobr>$1 trillion</nobr> a year. Some economists say that'll rise to 30% by 2050. Author Charles Murray says he has a better plan <nobr>. . .</nobr> with a capital P.
Posted In: Washington

Who's getting Wal-Mart's money?

Jun 1, 2006
Wal-Mart shareholders meet tomorrow. One item on the agenda: A controversial vote that would require the company to reveal all political giving from corporate funds. John Dimsdale reports.

The economics of school lunch

Jun 1, 2006
School cafeterias are obligated to serve kids a school lunch on loan if they can't pay for it. But what if, after this happens a few times, the kid's parents never repays the loan? Alex Cohen reports.
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Positioning for 2008?

May 31, 2006
Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy today for reelection to the US Senate. She made no mention of a possible presidential bid in 2008, but she has amassed a $20 million war chest. Scott Tong reports.

Hillary puts war chest to work

May 31, 2006
Hillary Clinton kicks off her next Senate campaign today in New York. But the money she's raising could be positioning her for that other race in 2008. Scott Tong reports.

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