As the furor continues over millions of dollars in employee bonuses at the failed insurance giant AIG, lawmakers and administration officials in Washington are weighing their options to either block the payments or penalize the company.

Question: Given our collective financial plight and our need for credit to survive, how do we get banks to be banks again (read: lend)? Can it be legislated – and if not, how can we surmount our impasse? Paul Solman:…

President Barack Obama said Monday that he intends to stop American International Group from paying out millions in executive bonuses, as concern intensified over the insurance giant's handling of federal rescue money.

Question: What is the approximate rate of return on investment in the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other agencies that sponsor research in this country? At one time, I read that it was something like 1:17 (investment:return).

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