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Blue Dogs will be guarding the House

Dec 7, 2006
Commentator Jeff Birnbaum says that the new Congress will look just like the old one, because the democratic majority is as centrist and pro-business as many Republicans.

CEOs cashing out

Dec 7, 2006
Microsoft's Bill Gates and Google's Eric Schmidt are among the corporate bigwigs who sold a lot more stock than they bought last month. Is it a vote of low-confidence in the economy? Jeff Tyler reports.

Hospital care drives health costs

Dec 7, 2006
The U.S. will spend around $2 trillion on health care this year. And, Helen Palmer discovers, nearly a third of that cash is devoted to hospitals.

Time to sideline coaches' salaries?

Dec 7, 2006
Host Kai Ryssdal talks to sports analyst Diana Nyad about why colleges are signing football coaches to lengthy multimillion-dollar contracts only to buy them out after a mediocre season.

Losing the fight against poverty

Dec 7, 2006
Poverty continues to be a major problem in a majority of nations that borrow money from the World Bank, a report finds. And anti-corruption campaigns have also proven to be ineffective. John Dimsdale reports.

Seminoles buy Hard Rock

Dec 7, 2006
Florida's Seminole tribe is buying the Hard Rock brand — the famed rock-n-roll-themed cafes, a collection of memorabilia and two casino hotels — in a deal worth close to $1 billion. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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Japan to dispatch 'sushi police'

Dec 7, 2006
Japan has set up a certification system to crack down on overseas restaurants that don't meet their standards for authentic Japanese cuisine. Steve Herman has the story.