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FCC's second attempt to open door

Dec 17, 2007
The FCC is once again trying to loosen restrictions on media ownership by allowing one company to own a TV station and newspaper in the same market. John Dimsdale reports it could mean fewer sources of information.

Web money for candidates goes further

Dec 14, 2007
Democratic donation Web site ActBlue wants to extend its campaigns beyond candidates to include unions and corporations. Congress will decide today whether or not they can. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Spending bills stall with slim majority

Dec 13, 2007
The federal fiscal year started more than two months ago but Congress still hasn't passed 11 of the 12 spending bills to fund the government. And that's not the only economic legislation that's going nowhere. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Washington

Cheap energy may not mean cheap bill

Dec 10, 2007
An energy bill in the Senate would require public utilities to generate at least 15 percent of their electricity from renewable resources. Lawmakers are arguing it would drive prices up. Sam Eaton has more.

It's the economy again, stupid

Dec 7, 2007
Polls show the economy is moving up on the list of things voters care about in next year's elections. So, House Democrats met in Washington today to hone the economic message they want to spread over the next 11 months. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

High-tech innovation in short supply

Dec 6, 2007
To make up for a shortage of mathmaticians and computer scientists in the U.S., many companies turn to outsourcing. But Dan Grech reports the congressional limit on work visas might also be pushing out innovation.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs

Putting the lid on cap-and-trade

Dec 6, 2007
As landmark climate legislation moves through the Senate, business lobbyists are pushing an ad campaign against it. Sarah Gardner reports what the group is using to try to persuade U.S. senators and workers.
Posted In: Economy

More fingers required to enter U.S.

Dec 5, 2007
Homeland Security is expanding the fingerprint system for foreign visitors passing through airport security. Passengers will now have to present all 10 fingers for prints instead of just two. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Travel

Study puts cities' best feet forward

Dec 4, 2007
If you live in Washington, D.C.; Boston or San Francisco, you're in the top three walkable urban areas of the country, according to ranking from The Brookings Institution published today. And as the report's author Chris Leininger tells Kai Ryssdal, consumers want to walk -- even in L.A.
Posted In: Travel, Washington

Iraqi refugees returning, but to what?

Nov 30, 2007
Tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees are estimated to have returned home. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria says hundreds of Iraqis are leaving every day. Kai Ryssdal talks with the agency's Sybella Wilkes in Damascus.
Posted In: Immigration