Are America's Top Executives Paid Too Much Money?

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With business leaders on trial and in prison, there's growing concern about executive compensation. American CEO's get more than 300 times the pay of an average worker. Golden parachutes, stock options and free use of company jets are hidden away in proxy statements or not reported at all. Some pay packages encourage decisions that are good for top executives but bad for their companies. We talk to business reporters, legal experts, contract negotiators and union strategists about CEO demands and calls for board accountability, and hear about the first new public disclosure rules in 14 years.
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White House press briefing on West Coast terrorist plot

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Warren Olney