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National Public Radio Stories
Obama Unveils $75 Billion Fix To Help Homeowners
President Barack Obama's home mortgage relief program is even bigger than the administration had been suggesting. The cost is $75 billion. The plan aims to prevent as many as 9 million homeowners from being evicted and to stabilize housing markets.
Experts Weigh In On Foreclosure Plan, Pitfalls
With housing prices falling, many mortgage experts believe the nation's foreclosure crisis can't be resolved without mechanisms for reducing the principal amount that homeowners owe — something President Obama's foreclosure plan does not compel investors to do.
Florida's GOP Governor Backs Obama Stimulus Plan
One of President Obama's few Republican supporters on the stimulus package is Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. Florida is expected to receive some $12 billion in federal aid from the package. But supporting the plan has earned Crist the scorn of some GOP faithful.
House Democrat Explains His 'No' Vote
Seven Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted against President Obama's stimulus package. One of them was Walter Minnick, who's newly elected from a rural and conservative part of Idaho. He tells Steve Inskeep that he voted against the plan because it cost too much in taxpayer money.
U.S. Concerned About Pakistan's Swat Valley Deal
Pakistan's government says it is implementing Islamic law in the Swat Valley in exchange for a truce with Taliban militants. The deal has raised concern in the West. The cease-fire has been criticized as giving in to militants, and it's feared the deal could embolden other militant groups in Pakistan.
An Emergency Room Built Specially For Seniors
Only infants go to hospital emergency rooms more than elderly patients. For years, hospitals have set up ERs just for kids. But now, a Maryland hospital has an ER specifically for patients 65 and older.
A Child Gets Lost In The Health Care Shuffle
Neglected and abused children can get lost in the maze of our health care and social systems. Commentator Janette Kurie tells the story of a boy who suffered severe and long-term health problems as a consequence of parental neglect — and getting lost in the system.
Swiss Bank Agrees To Settle Charges
Switzerland's largest bank has struck a deal in U.S. federal court after admitting to helping defraud the IRS. UBS has agreed to pay $780 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations it conspired to cheat the government out of taxes owed by big clients. The bank also agreed to immediately turn over information on the Swiss accounts of its U.S. customers.
Federal Reserve Releases Bleak Economic Forecast
The Federal Reserve has issued a worse-than-expected economic forecast. Fed officials predict the economy will deteriorate throughout 2009, with rising unemployment and no stability in the housing market.