The House of Representatives approved a bill to limit the ability of members of Congress to gain financially from information they acquire because of their positions. The Senate passed its version last week, and most members agree the bill is necessary this election year.
The annual Conservative Political Action Conference began Thursday in Washington, D.C. Several former presidential candidates were among the speakers. Host Audie Cornish talks with Ari Shapiro, who was at the conference.
On September 17, 2011, hundreds of people gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the growing wealth gap and Wall Street's involvement in the economic crisis. Five months later, most of the Occupy encampments across the country have been disbanded and the future of the movement remains uncertain.
The House on Thursday passed a bill that would ban congressional insider trading. With congressional approval at all-time lows, the bill was widely seen by lawmakers as a small step in restoring public confidence. But differences remain to be worked out with a Senate measure, passed last week.
Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, sent a letter to Rep. Denny Rehberg, the Republican who seeks to unseat him, requesting a truce on outside money funding negative ads for their campaigns, meaning superPACs.
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