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This Week: Capitol and Money
This Week
February 17, 2006

This week on NOW:

In the midst of a storm of ethics scandals and calls for reform in Washington, NOW shines a spotlight on another abuse that has gone unnoticed—billions being "earmarked" in provisions attached to spending bills that direct money to lawmakers’ pet projects. Maria Hinojosa looks at the dramatic proliferation in the use of "earmarks," which some say are being used to deliver handouts to politicians that help them get re-elected. The broadcast profiles some of the projects that have been criticized as a waste of taxpayer money.

In Depth

Earmarks, Pork and Federal Budgets

Money and Politics

Money and Politics Sites


Budget Battles

Deficit Debate

Tracking Legislation Online


Talk back on the message boards.


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Marks for Sharks (22:42)


Marks for Sharks
Producer: Brenda Breslauer
Senior Correspondent: Maria Hinojosa
Editor: Kathi Black

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