Aug 6, 2009

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Obama's pharma deal may not suffice

Aug 6, 2009
The White House struck a deal with Big Pharma to lower prescription costs for seniors by $80 billion. But some say that figure isn't nearly enough, especially since a clause in the deal protects the companies from congressional pressure to…

Are lobbyists behind recent protests?

Aug 6, 2009
Protests over health care reform have been popping up all over the country. While some are simply grassroots gatherings, some Democrats believe lobbyists may be involved in organizing protests, too. Steve Henn reports.

Discarded clunkers clog up junkyards

Aug 6, 2009
Cash for Clunkers was supposed to reduce the number of polluting cars on the road. But all those discarded cars are now clogging up junkyards. And disposing of them will be no small task. Sam Eaton reports.

Bundled loans stall modification plan

Aug 6, 2009
Mortgage-backed securities are making it difficult for people to take advantage of the Making Home Affordable program. Part of the problem is that investors have a say in which loans get modified and which don't. Karen Weise from ProPublica reports.

Obama must raise taxes on middle class

Aug 6, 2009
President Obama promised during the election that he would not raise taxes on anyone earning less than $250,000. But commentator Lawrence Haas says the president has to, and likely will, raise taxes on the middle class once the economy recovers.

U.K. toughens laws on immigration

Aug 6, 2009
It used to be pretty easy to earn U.K. citizenship as long as you managed to stay out of trouble. But now British government is implementing stricter policies on who can enter and live in the country. Christopher Werth reports.

Will Murdoch end era of free content?

Aug 6, 2009
Rupert Murdoch is steering his media empire News Corp. towards charging for online content. But will it work? Kai Ryssdal talks with PaidContent.org co-editor Staci Kramer about how she thinks Murdoch will implement his plan.

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