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Senate considers pension overhaul

Jul 31, 2006
Many companies have been underfunding their pension plans, so this week the Senate's expected to vote on the first pension overhaul in three decades. Host Scott Jagow talks to Karen Friedman with the Pension Rights Center about the proposed bill.
Posted In: Washington

Putting the squeeze on middle managers

Jul 28, 2006
A huge legal fight is underway to define employees whose positions are between the managers and the worker bees. Scott Tong reports that the government is expected to give management a huge victory.
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What happened to the windfall tax?

Jul 28, 2006
With big oil companies reporting massive earnings, Amy Scott takes a look at what happened to proposals for a windfall profits tax.
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Oil profits soar as Senate considers domestic drilling

Jul 27, 2006
ExxonMobil made $1,318 dollars a second in Q2, which works out to $10.4 billion for the quarter. Meanwhile, the Senate is taking up a bill that might expand oil drilling in the US. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

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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