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Oil Companies Oppose Ben Cardin's Financial Reform Provision

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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin was one of the authors of a provision in the larger Wall Street financial reform bill that makes oil, gas, and mining companies disclose payments they make to host governments where they do business.

That bill was passed in 2010, but it took two years for the SEC to write the rules to enforce the law. That was finished over the summer, but industry groups quickly filed a lawsuit over the rules. And this week, the same groups asked for a stay to prevent the law from being enforced in the meantime.

Opponents feel the rules will hurt the industry because some firms may not have to follow them, as the law only pertains to companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges.

Supporters are asking the SEC to go ahead enforcing the law, saying the industry just wants to keep the public and investors in the dark.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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