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Can parks preserve quality service?

Jun 15, 2007
The National Park Service is relying increasingly on volunteers to staff its facilities. But some park service employees are complaining that the quality of service is suffering -- and so is morale. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

Not so fast, private equity

Jun 15, 2007
It hasn't gone unnoticed by Congress that private equity firms are starting to go public. Or that they pay less than half the tax rate public companies do. So yesterday it introduced a bill to even the playing field. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

BAE falls under American scrutiny

Jun 14, 2007
Britain's largest defense contractor managed to escape U.K. inquiries into secret payments made in a massive arms deal, but now that those payments have been traced to a U.S. bank account, the DOJ will likely launch its own investigation. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

Trying to get immigration bill moving again

Jun 13, 2007
The White House has dispatched Commerce Secy. Carlos Gutierrez to lobby businesses and Latino groups to get the immigration bill back on track. He tried out his sales pitch on Kai Ryssdal today.
Posted In: Immigration, Washington

Passport problems keep travelers at home

Jun 13, 2007
The State Department recently relaxed passport requirements for travel abroad so it could dig out of a mountain of applications. But the temporary fix isn't working. A lot of travelers are stuck and losing money. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Crime, Travel, Washington

Even he's still waiting for his passport

Jun 13, 2007
It seems there are no exceptions to passport complications, not even for a former high-ranking federal official like commentator Robert Reich. He tells his story.
Posted In: Travel, Washington

Senators target China with trade bill

Jun 13, 2007
U.S. manufacturers have long complained that China depresses the cost of its currency to gain an unfair trade advantage. A bipartisan group of senators wants the administration to do something about that. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy, Washington

Amendments could cut energy bill's steam

Jun 13, 2007
Democrats on Capitol Hill are horse-trading their way toward a new energy bill. But in the Senate some controversial amendments are threatening to derail it. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Washington

Americans keep on spending

Jun 13, 2007
Once again the American consumer is riding to the economic rescue. The government says retail sales were up 1.4% in May. But retail consultant Howard Davidowitz figures there's less to the numbers than meets the eye.
Posted In: Economy, Retail, Washington

President's Dinner a tough sell this year

Jun 13, 2007
The GOP's annual gala used to be a hot ticket, even at $25,000. But with President Bush's job approval ratings at an all-time low, organizers expect to rake in just half of last year's $15-million haul. Steve Henn reports.
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