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Features by Hilary Wicai

Army draws line in budgetary sand

The Army has sent up an unprecedented flare over spending in Iraq. Its top officer deliberately withheld a required 2008 budget plan — and it's getting a lot of attention in Washington, Hillary Wicai reports.

Immigrant kids, family translators

Hillary Wicai looks at how being the child of immigrant parents can be a full-time job — literally.

Defense spending wins out

Bowing to White House pressure, the Senate has agreed to restore billions in defense spending cuts, which could spell bad news for some domestic programs. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Oil prices keep falling

The price of oil has dropped almost $18 since mid-July. Good news for the consumer in the short-term, but some worry it'll undermine the growing swell of support for alternative energies. Hillary Wicai reports.

Ney pleads guilty in lobbying scandal

Ohio Congressman Bob Ney has agreed to plead guilty in a corruption scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Lobby reform may have to wait

What happened to all the tough reform talk prompted by those ethics scandals at the beginning of the year? An earmark reform bill is making its through Congress today. Hillary Wicai looks at whether it has any teeth.
Posted In: Washington

Amtrak's new CEO

The ailing passenger rail system gets a new CEO today. Hillary Wicai reports on what he'll likely need to do to get Amtrak back on track.

Port security bill will need shipload of money

A bill in Congress is being seen as a giant step toward securing U.S. borders. It's also an ambitious project that will not be easy to finance. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Washington

Cost of the war

Lawmakers are expected to vote on new spending for the War on Terrorism today. So how much have we spent so far? As Hillary Wicai reports, it's not an easy question to answer.
Posted In: Washington

Pensions vs. 401ks

A study out today says the much-maligned pension still has many benefits over 401k accounts. Turns out pensions have lower fees and better financial performance. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Investing

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