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  • GAO Tries Accounting for Stimulus—but It Isn't Easy Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 3:39 PM ET
    Stimulus Package

    A new Government Accountability Office report shows how and where stimulus funds have been spent so far, including $11 billion for highway projects across the country.

  • Is Your State on the List? Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 8:32 AM ET
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    With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

  • House Bill Adds to Jobless Benefits in 27 States Wednesday, 23 Sep 2009 | 8:23 AM ET
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    With no end in sight to the country's job market woes, the House has agreed to give the jobless in a majority of states another 13 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Financial Reform May Be Further Muddled by Dodd Plan Monday, 21 Sep 2009 | 2:48 PM ET
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    As if Washington’s attempt to rewrite financial regulation wasn’t complicated enough, Senate Banking Chairman Chris Dodd is reportedly ready to propose a radically different structure for banking supervision.

  • Wall Street

    Tougher financial rules have been stymied by industry lobbying, government turf battles and a stabilizing banking system. Some analysts fear another crisis is inevitable.

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    Iin light of evidence that some drug makers have gone to great lengths to turn scientific articles into marketing vehicles for their products, some influential medical editors are cracking down on industry-financed ghostwriting. And they are getting help from some members of Congress.

  • Bank of America Sued over Mutual Funds Friday, 18 Sep 2009 | 10:42 AM ET
    Bank of America

    It’s been four decades since the go-go years of the late 1960s, when hot mutual funds captured the imagination of investors by reporting performance that was too good to be true. It’s been so long that Bank of America seems to have forgotten what happened.

  • GOP Senator Holds Big Vote in Health Care Debate Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 5:29 PM ET

    As Democrats have struggled to achieve bipartisan support on a health care reform bill, their one hope may come from Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine.

  • Coke CEO Versus Obama on Soda Tax Proposal Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 1:03 PM ET
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    The debate over a tax on sugary soft drinks — billed as a way to fight obesity and provide billions for health care reform — is starting to fizz over.  President Obama has said it is worth considering. The chief executive of Coca-Cola calls the idea outrageous.

  • SEC Set to Target Credit Rating Agencies, Flash Trades Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 12:00 PM ET
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    The SEC will discuss rules to improve oversight of the credit rating industry as well as a proposed ban  on flash trades—or buy and sell orders that exchanges send to a specific group of participants before revealing them publicly.

  • Niche Banks Fight Back at Tighter Regulation Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | 10:32 AM ET
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    Treasury officials want to require the corporate owners of the nation’s 41 industrial banks to accept more rigorous regulation or be forced to sell or shut them down.

  • New Push to Extend and Expand Tax Break for Home Buyers Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 1:46 PM ET
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    When Congress passed an $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers last winter, it was intended as a dose of shock therapy during a crisis. Now the question is becoming whether the housing market can function without it.

  • Former Beneficial CEO Tied to Massive Tax Probe Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009 | 10:45 AM ET
    Finn M. W. Caspersen

    No one can know exactly what Finn M. W. Caspersen, a prominent philanthropist and the heir to the Beneficial Corporation fortune, was thinking when he decided to take his life on Labor Day.  But he apparently harbored a secret: He was suspected of dodging many millions in federal taxes.

  • Will Pot TV Show Bring 'High' Ratings? Tuesday, 15 Sep 2009 | 10:26 AM ET
    Marijuana

    Tips for cultivating marijuana. Testimonials by patients about its medical benefits. Cannabis cooking lessons. Even citations for award-winning strains of pot. Viewers here can now watch, every week, what amounts to a pro-weed news program.

  • Danny Pang

    Authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a financier accused of using millions of dollars from international investors to fund a lavish lifestyle complete with vacations and personal jets.

  • Marijuana Farming Increases Amid Ailing Economy Thursday, 10 Sep 2009 | 4:08 AM ET
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    Machete-wielding police officers have hacked their way through billions of dollars worth of marijuana in the country's top pot-growing states to stave off a bumper crop sprouting in the tough economy.

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    “I think it’s unraveling,’ says former FDIC Chairman William Isaac. “It is hard for me to see how this legislation gets done this year.”

  • Small Debit Card Purchases Equal Big Money for Banks Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 11:30 AM ET
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    Banks and credit unions have long pitched debit cards as a convenient and prudent way to buy. But a growing number are now allowing consumers to exceed their balances — for a price.

  • 'Hillary: The Movie' Gets New Airing at High Court Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | 9:17 AM ET
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    "Hillary: The Movie" is returning to the Supreme Court for a limited engagement and with the chance to overhaul laws governing federal campaigns ranging from the White House to the halls of Congress.

  • David Einhorn

    A recent court ruling that forced two ratings companies to defend fraud claims is a "game-changer" for the industry, said David Einhorn, head of Greenlight Capital.