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Getting their earmarks boxed

Jan 23, 2006
In the wake of recent bribery and lobbying scandals, lawmakers from both parties have already endorsed reforms, including limits on "earmarks." That's Beltway lingo for provisions inserted into spending bills, directing that money be spent on pet projects... often in a lawmaker's own district. John Dimsdale reports.

Conflicted judge

Jan 23, 2006
A new investigative report out today says a federal judge up for promotion to the 10th circuit court of appeals issued scores of judicial orders in cases involving companies he owned stock in. William Kistner has more.

Google's government subpoena

Jan 20, 2006
The government has subpoenaed records from Google as part of efforts to crack down on Internet pornography. Bob Moon looks at the impact the move is likely to have on search engines and Web portals.

Registered Traveler program

Jan 20, 2006
Who wouldn't want to skip those horrible airport security lines? But what if you had to give fingerprints, and a copy of your credit history, and property records to do it? As Alisa Roth tells us, that's just what the government is expected to offer when it unveils the new Registered Traveler program today.

Assisted suicide law

Jan 18, 2006
The Supreme Court has upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law. Critics worry the law will encourage poor patients to choose suicide rather than burden their families with expensive medical bills. But as Sam Eaton reports, that hasn't been the case in Oregon.

Pols unveil lobbying reform proposals

Jan 18, 2006
House GOP leaders outlined their proposal to reform Congressional lobbying Tuesday, while Democrats planned to unveil a proposal of their own today. Hillary Wicai reports.

Workplace intimidation

Jan 17, 2006
President Bush has decried the fact that a government worker went to the media with details about his domestic spying program. But as Jeff Tyler reports, workers at government intelligence agencies have little recourse if they want to "blow the whistle" on questionable practices.

King's estate

Jan 16, 2006
The King Center in Atlanta has fallen into disrepair over the years. Many officials are calling for the King family to sell the Center to the National Park Service, arguing that it and several other buildings are part of the country's heritage. Hillary Wicai reports.

A big honkin' settlement for AIG

Jan 13, 2006
Last May, the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit against the insurance giant AIG, accusing AIG of fudging its accounting to make its results look better than they were. Now, a settlement may be in the works. Alisa Roth tells us how more than $1 billion may wipe the slate clean.
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The crowded race for majority leader

Jan 13, 2006
The field of Representatives vying for Tom Delay's old job as House majority leader grew today. Arizona Rep. John Shadegg entered the race, joining contenders Roy Blunt and John Boehner. In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal, all 3 are vowing to reform lobbying practices established by Delay. John Dimsdale reports.