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May 16, 2007

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How realistic is Congress' budget?

May 16, 2007
Congressional Democrats announced their 2008 budget plan, totalling $2.9 trillion. But is it worth the reams of paper it's written on? Budget watcher Maya McGuineas takes a look at the details with Kai Ryssdal.

Sudan's underground conflict

May 16, 2007
Wars in Sudan have almost always been over scarce resources above ground. Gretchen Wilson reports there's a much quieter and more fundamental conflict developing for what may or may not lie beneath.

Survey: Anti-fraud controls costing less

May 16, 2007
The Sarbanes-Oxley law that was intended to halt corporate financial fraud, has cost companies millions of dollars and lots of hassles. But a new survey reports last year those costs were down 23 percent. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Student loans on a graduated scale

May 16, 2007
Commentator Robert Reich says that by changing the rules on how student loans are paid off, more graduates could pursue their true callings and enrich their communities.

Men join Tupperware's party

May 16, 2007
More men are selling the famous plastic bowls and utensils. Sean Cole talked with one top seller who just couldn't contain <EM>his</EM> enthusiasm for the product.

Should America work on having more vacation?

May 16, 2007
A new study says the United States is the only advanced economy that doesn't require employers to offer paid vacations. Is that a bad thing? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Whether to invest or divest?

May 16, 2007
Some states are considering having their pension systems pull investments from companies doing business in Iran. Congress got into the act today, too. Steve Tripoli tells us who's saying what about divestment this time.