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Presidents Day

Feb 17, 2006
Presidents Day weekend starts today. Commentator Jeff Steinbrink argues that the holiday is all about the presidents in your wallet, not those in the history books.

Forgotten suburbs

Feb 16, 2006
The residential communities that first sprang up around urban centers are often neglected in terms of redevelopment funding and planning, according a new report out. Scott Tong has the details.

Flood insurance going under?

Feb 16, 2006
Congress, for the third time, has allowed the federal flood insurance program to increase borrowing to pay claims associated with Hurricane Katrina. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Union campaign

Feb 15, 2006
Today Change to Win, the group of unions that broke away from the AFL-CIO, is launching its year-long effort to turn low-wage hotel jobs into middle class jobs. Some labor analysts say the campaign has the potential to make a big splash. Hillary Wicai reports.

Gulf Coast rebuilding

Feb 15, 2006
While a Senate committee prepares for hearings today into how to rebuild the Gulf Coast, commentator Robert Reich argues that the government needs to lend a helping hand, not a bailout.

Privacy is as privacy does...

Feb 15, 2006
US Internet companies go before the House International Relations Committee today to answer questions about their involvement in Chinese censorship and political repression. Alisa Roth reports on whether the disclosures of cooperation could trigger a consumer backlash against the companies.

A royal subsidy for Big Oil

Feb 14, 2006
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.

The economics of lobbying

Feb 14, 2006
A report out this week shows that the lobbying industry is growing rapidly, but as Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum tells Kai Ryssdal, companies are still getting their money's worth for what they spend on lobbyists.

Iraq contractor fraud trial

Feb 14, 2006
Civil proceedings begin today for a US military contractor charged with bilking the US and Iraqi governments. Eric Niiler reports.

Administration opposes farm subsidies

Feb 14, 2006
In a move sure to rankle Farm Belt lawmakers, President Bush called agricultural subsides harmful to small farmers and American competitiveness. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

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