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What Surveillance Programs Say About the Obama Presidency

Friday, June 07, 2013

Two revelations this week about the federal government collecting data on citizens has reignited the debate about when national security trumps individual privacy. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, weighs in on the federal government's practices and what they say about the Obama presidency.

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Former Fed Chairman Volcker Wants to Rebuild Public's Faith in Government

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker announced the creation of a new foundation Wednesday that aims to rebuild the American public's trust in government by focusing on how policy is implemented, what he calls "the nuts and bolts of government."

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Episode 217: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line

Friday, May 24, 2013

Meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year — and who managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.

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Go East, Young Marijuana Dealer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A San Francisco dealer quadrupled his income by moving to New York after California legalized medical marijuana.

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Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It goes back to a single page in a report written decades ago by U.S. consultants, and funded by the U.S. State Department.

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Who Hides Money Outside The Country?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Over the past decade, 39,000 people have come forward to tell the government they've been hiding money overseas. Here's what they tell us about offshore money.

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A 'Poison Pill' In The Immigration Bill?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

It might be up to the government to decide whether foreign workers are the most qualified applicants for for jobs at private companies.

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Episode 224: The Cotton Wars

Friday, May 03, 2013

Meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower, a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain, and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.

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NYT Excerpt: Larry Summers, Glenn Hubbard And The Future Of The U.S. Economy

Thursday, May 02, 2013

"How did two men, whose work is widely respected, reach such different conclusions from data about the same economy?"

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Episode 454: The Lollipop War

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 lollipops a day — that's a big deal.

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The Lollipop War

Friday, April 26, 2013

Candy makers and sugar farmers have been fighting for years in Congress. The sugar farmers are winning.

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Feds: Lance Armstrong 'Was Unduly Enriched At The Expense Of The United States'

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Armstrong made $18 million riding for a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. The government wants its money back (and then some).

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Former Social Security Commissioners and Others Respond to Our Disability Story

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Our series on government disability programs continues to provoke debate.

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Episode 356: The Surprisingly Entertaining History Of The Income Tax

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It includes multiple wars, a Supreme Court justice on his deathbed, and Donald Duck.

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Most People Are Supposed To Pay This Tax. Almost Nobody Actually Pays It.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

It's called a use tax. Accountants and tax lawyers are some of the only people who pay it.

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Episode 451: Why Some People Love Tax Day

Friday, April 12, 2013

On today's show, we look at a huge, often overlooked, surprisingly interesting corner of the tax code: The Earned Income Tax Credit.

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The Tax Code, Translated Into Plain English

Friday, April 12, 2013

Intangible drilling costs! De minimis fringe! And other essential corners of the tax code, explained.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making Government Simpler—and Better

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former “regulatory czar,” talks about his time in the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, overseeing a far-reaching restructuring of America’s regulatory state. He explains what was done, argues that Americans are better off as a result, and explores what the future has in store. His book Simpler: The Future of Government discusses the benefits of simpler government with smarter regulations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The NSA's Trailblazer Program

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tim Shorrock, longtime contributor to The Nation, discusses Trailblazer, the National Security Agency’s flagship system for analyzing intercepted communications, and tells about the whistleblowers who have been harassed for exposing waste and fraud behind Trailblazer.

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Ask A Banker: Why Do People Keep Trying To Give Me Money?

Monday, March 25, 2013

A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?

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