After a little financial help from Congress, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will hire 1,300 new employees. It's a big deal for an agency that currently employs about 10,000 workers. Jeremy Hobson reports.
President Bush was firmly on message today in a Rose Garden press conference: It's a slowdown, not a recession... He'd love to lower gas prices, but Congress is standing in the way. Bob Moon and Kai Ryssdal examine what the president said and didn't say.
The Federal Open Market Committee is in the middle of a two-day meeting on interest rates. Chances are good that tomorrow the federal funds rate will be trimmed again, despite worries about rising prices. John Dimsdale reports.
The Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman is stepping down. Her resignation is one of many which have left government regulatory agencies severely understaffed in the last year of the Bush Presidency. Jeremy Hobson reports.
This year President Bush proposed a federal budget of more than $3 trillion. Kai Ryssdal talks to Scott Bittle, author of "Where Does the Money Go?," about how taking a closer look at the spending of federal dollars could help avoid future deficits.
The $516 billion federal spending bill OK'd by the House and now before the Senate funds 14 cabinet agencies and the war in Afghanistan. It's also got 9,000 earmarks in it. Jeremy Hobson has this holiday spending tale.