U.S. farm bill has cleared its final hurdle in the senate, and final passage is expected as early as Tuesday. The $1 trillion farm bill trims food stamps for the poor, expands federal crop insurance, consolidates agricultural conservation programs and ends direct payments to farmers.
At bankruptcy hearing, an MF Global executive said 'Mr. Corzine was aware' of misused customer funds. About $1.2 billion is still unaccounted for after the bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy of the commodities trading firm may include some $1.2 million missing from customers accounts. Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural businesses were cut off from the cash in their accounts when MF Global sought bankruptcy protection in October.
The former CEO of the bankrupt investment firm has been called before a congressional committee next week.
As a 'Blue Dog' Democrat, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas has often sided with Republicans. But that's left Democrats grumbling and the GOP thinking she's an easy target in the 2010 elections.
They've clashed in some places. But in Arkansas the old guard GOP and the tea party are united, so far, in a bid to oust Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
As Obama calls on Congress to pass reform, the Democrats are still split on the need for a public health insurance option.