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Risky business?

Feb 6, 2006
The government's proposing to create two new federally insured mortgage programs for first-time and low-income buyers. Tess Vigeland looks into whether a slowing housing market may undermine these programs at birth.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Scrutinizing supplementals

Feb 6, 2006
President Bush sent Congress a $2.77 trillion budget plan today, calling for increased defense spending that's paid for by siphoning funding from other government programs. But as Hilary Wicai reports, at least two supplemental spending bills are likely to follow.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

DirecTV fined

Dec 13, 2005
December's phone bill is turning out to be a big one for DirecTV. The Federal Trade Commission has fined the satellite television company almost $5.5 million. Regulators say telemarketers working for DirecTV made sales pitches to households that had signed up for the Do Not Call list. From Washington, Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

Congressmen behaving badly

Dec 2, 2005
As details of lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with lawmakers keep coming out of Washington, polls show people are sick and tired of Congressional shell games. Commentator and Washington Post columnist Jeff Birnbaum reflects.
Posted In: Washington

New Orleans levees in the spotlight

Nov 2, 2005
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hears expert testimony Wednesday about why the levees protecting New Orleans failed during Hurricane Katrina. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Washington

Tax reform hits the fan

Nov 1, 2005
Today the President's tax reform panel formally issued its recommendations. Their goal was to make the tax code simpler and more fair. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/tong.html">Scott Tong</a> looks to see if it will be.
Posted In: Washington

Bush decides to be prepared for bird flu

Nov 1, 2005
At the White House this morning the President rolled out his plan to protect the country from a bird flu pandemic. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/palmer.html">Helen Palmer</a> reports from the Marketplace Health Desk at WGBH.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Destination ANWR

Nov 1, 2005
Congress is in the midst of its budget reconciliation. Being debated today: cutting $39 billion from Medicaid and student loans programs, and opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/scott.html">Amy Scott</a> reports.
Posted In: Washington

Wal-Mart gets pre-warning warning

Nov 1, 2005
The Labor Department got some serious grief from its own inspector general this week for giving Wal-Mart a heads-up before coming to investigate. <a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/reporters/glaser.html">Cheryl Glaser</a> fills us in.
Posted In: Washington

Judge Alito on business

Oct 31, 2005
Samuel Alito began this Halloween with a big treat: the president nominated him to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Court watchers are reading up on what he's written. Bob Moon has more.
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