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Features by Hilary Wicai

All the president's whiskey

Turns out our first president wasn't the teetotaler some revisionists have made him out to be. In fact, George Washington was once the nation's largest producer of whiskey. Hillary Wicai reports from a rebuilt version of his distillery.

OMB: Let's hear it on earmarks

A memo from the Office of Management and Budget is ordering agency heads to pass along the specifics of congressional earmarks — those pet projects slipped into spending bills. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Zoellick said to be World Bank nominee

Word is out that former U.S. trade representative Robert Zoellick will be nominated Wednesday by President Bush to be the new president of the World Bank. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

When finding a job just doesn't compute

What does America do about workers who find themselves out of a job but don't have the computer skills necessary to find work in the knowledge economy? Hillary Wicai reports on one effort in North Carolina.
Posted In: Jobs

Open source body parts

Prosthetics isn't a big enough market to spur innovation for profit, so one amputee Iraq veteran is adapting the open source concept by reverse-engineering expired patents and posting them online. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Health, Science

All the president's whiskey

Turns out our first president wasn't the teetotaler some revisionists have made him out to be. In fact, Washington was once the nation's largest producer of whiskey. And now a rebuilt version of his distillery is open to the public.
Posted In: Washington

ERA is back

The Equal Rights Amendment fell three states short of ratification in 1982, but now it has reemerged as the Women's Equality Amendment. And it still faces plenty of opposition.
Posted In: Washington

House budget resolution has some unknowns

The House passed its 2008 budget resolution today with boosts in spending for education, health care and national security. Oh, and a $50 billion question mark. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Senate considers union bill

The Employee Free Choice Act is designed to make it easier for workers to form unions. It's already passed the House but faces the threat of a filibuster in the Senate.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

Senate chews on new tobacco tax

A vote is expected today on a plan to hike tobacco taxes again. This time the increase would be used to boost funding for a health insurance program for low-income children.
Posted In: Health, Washington

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