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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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  • Company Behind Chrysler Maintains Privacy
    Cerberus is the private equity firm that owns most of automaker Chrysler. The company is private and makes no financial disclosures to anyone, including Congress. It has said it won't put any more of its own dollars in Chrysler, but it still wants taxpayer help.
  • For One Autoworker, Big Three's Troubles Distant
    Carla Kesterman of Fairland, Ind., has been an autoworker since April, when she went to work for Honda's new Indiana plant. She makes about $34,000 a year as an assembly worker. She has not been following the bailout deliberations and is only vaguely interested in the problems of the Big Three automakers.
  • Contango In Oil Markets Explained
    The supply glut in the oil market has led to a contango price structure, in which oil futures are priced higher than their spot price. Lynn Cook, an energy reporter with the Houston Chronicle, says the glut in oil supply is related to the economic recession.
  • Partition Still Casts Shadow On India-Pakistan Ties
    Historians Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal say that tensions between India and Pakistan can be traced back to the divisions set up in 1947. They say the violence that accompanied the partition of the Indian subcontinent could have been avoided.
  • Despite Program, No Hope For Homeowners
    Two months after a federal program called Hope for Homeowners went into effect, it is coming up short. Created by Congress in July as part of the same bill that led to the takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the program was expected to be able to help up to 400,000 people.
  • In Fla., A Mystery, Annual Gift To Salvation Army
    For the third year in a row, a Liberty Eagle gold coin worth almost $1,000 was dropped in a Salvation Army kettle. Each time, the coin has been accompanied by a small note, "In memory of Mimi." Megan Spears, resource management director of The Salvation Army of Lee County, Fla., talks about the donation.
  • Blagojevich Lawyer Challenges Impeachment Panel
    An attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich challenged a panel considering Blagojevich's impeachment. The presence of lawyer Ed Genson is a sign that Blagojevich may not be stepping down anytime soon. The Illinois governor has resisted calls for his resignation following his arrest on federal corruption charges.
  • An Erroneous Presumption Of Regularity
    NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says a legal principle known as "presumption of regularity" has taken a beating over the past week, with the scandals that have been making headlines. The idea is that government is acting correctly, in the absence of evidence to the contrary. Unfortunately, there's been a lot of evidence to the contrary.
  • Is Caroline Kennedy More Than A Household Name?
    The daughter of the late John F. Kennedy indicated this week that she'd like to be named to Hillary Clinton's soon-to-open Senate seat. That means convincing Democratic power brokers in upstate New York, as well as Gov. David Paterson, she's up to the job.
  • A 'Francophonic' Take On Congolese Pop
    Though the Congolese music known as soukous was Africa's biggest pop-music style in the '70s and '80s, it only reached the U.S. in bits and pieces. But a new anthology by the musician known as Franco goes a long way toward completing the puzzle.

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