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Pork: True in the '30s, true today

Jun 22, 2007
This week the House Appropriations Committee approved $153 million worth of legislative earmarks. Commentator Amity Shlaes says such funding certainly isn't new. There's a lot of history behind the pork barrel.
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Some New Orleans levees still in danger

Jun 21, 2007
Almost two years and more than $1 billion has been spent in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina to fix the city's levees. But the Army Corps of Engineers says some neighborhoods are still vulnerable to floods.
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Lenders face school-loan cuts

Jun 20, 2007
Today the Senate Education Committee voted to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Jeremy Hobson has a report card for what the proposed changes would mean for student loan lenders large and small.
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Not everyone's breathing easier

Jun 20, 2007
The EPA today is expected to release more stringent ozone standards in an effort to improve public health problems such as asthma, but some businesses are crying foul since we haven't even met the existing standard. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
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Taking from oil and giving to green

Jun 19, 2007
The Senate Finance Committee today is scheduled to vote on legislation that would rev up research into green energy at the expense of the oil industry. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
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House members keep funds in the family

Jun 18, 2007
A report out today details how scores of House of Representatives members have used campaign funds to enrich their relatives. Steve Henn has the details.
Posted In: Crime, Washington

Washington's new green party

Jun 18, 2007
Both Democrats and Republicans are working to make their 2008 national conventions the greenest ever. It may be all about appealing to voters, but regardless of motivation, activists happily point out, the environment wins. Jill Barshay reports.
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Historic visit from Vietnam

Jun 18, 2007
Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet arrives in the U.S. today, marking the first post-war visit by a Vietnamese head of state. It's an occasion that carries a lot of economic and symbolic weight, Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Ethanol growth pushes up food prices

Jun 15, 2007
Washington's drive to develop energy alternatives is chewing up commodities like corn that we'd otherwise be feeding ourselves. And that's raising grocery prices. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Retail, Washington

Private-equity could see a tax hike

Jun 15, 2007
Some lawmakers are moving to make sure one of the world's biggest private-equity firms can't take advantage of tax laws by becoming a publicly-traded company. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

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