Oct 2, 2007

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If costs are higher, performance worse...

Oct 2, 2007
Erik Prince, CEO of the private-security firm Blackwater, defended his company's performance in Iraq before the House Oversight Committee today. Kai Ryssdal has more.

Defense bill free of major conflicts

Oct 2, 2007
Senators are considering a defense spending bill that, at nearly $460 billion, won't pay a dime for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democratic leaders have postponed that debate until later this year. John Dimsdale reports.

Oil prices expected to climb again

Oct 2, 2007
Oil prices finished just above $80 a barrel today. But some speculate prices could be well higher by the new year. Alisa Roth reports.

Private services fill troop shortage

Oct 2, 2007
In the Iraq war, the spotlight is on the large-scale privatization of what used to be military functions. Kai Ryssdal talked with Steve Schooner, a George Washington University professor who has studied the role of private contractors.

You clicked on that 'Contact' link

Oct 2, 2007
Kai Ryssdal airs listeners' thoughts and opinions on our coverage of the General Motors strike, mystery shoppers, music file-sharing and more.

States move to close drug data mining

Oct 2, 2007
Information about which drugs doctors prescribe for you often ends up in the hands of big drug companies, which use it to market their products. But some states are passing laws to ban the practice. Helen Palmer reports.

Contractors and soldiers

Oct 2, 2007
The U.S. government says there are about 190,000 private contractors in Iraq, supporting 163,000 U.S. troops. Andrew Haeg has the story of two of them -- one civilian, one military.