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Imposing a national 'fair' tax

| Sep 11, 2007
While Congress wraps up a four-day hearing on a wide gamut of tax issues, commentator Stephen Moore offers a fair alternative: abolishing income and payroll tax for a national sales tax.

Dealing with slumping sales

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 11, 2007
The risks linked to anemia drugs lead to rough sales for drugmaker Amgen. Kai Ryssdal sat down with CEO Kevin Sharer and asked him how he handled the hard business of downsizing during tough times.

Leading through a period of trial

Kai Ryssdal | Sep 10, 2007
The biotechnology company Amgen produces two drugs for anemia that have earned the company billions of dollars. But new findings could result in strong warnings being placed on the drugs. Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer talked about his company's situation with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Health

Watch out for those library fines

| Sep 10, 2007
With Wall Street still caught up in its liquidity crisis, it's probably a good time for those with squeaky clean credit records to keep them that way. Commentator Susan Lee says you'd be surprised how much even the littlest things can hurt.
Posted In: Savings

Syria transfers to modern banking

| Sep 10, 2007
Imagine a place with no loans, no checks and no credit cards. That was the Syrian economy just a couple of years ago. But now the government is modernizing the financial system, with private banks leading the way. Jennifer Glasse reports.
Posted In: Savings

KKR makes offer to reassure its lenders

Bob Moon | Sep 10, 2007
The private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has agreed to conditions on loans it's taking out to buy the credit card processing firm First Data. Bob Moon explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Troop cuts could mean contractor surge

Steve Henn | Sep 10, 2007
General David Petraeus told Congress today that he believes the United States can reduce its presence in Iraq to pre-surge levels by next summer. Steve Henn reports that American defense contractors see that as a business opportunity.

An easy-to-read label is hard to find

Helen Palmer | Sep 10, 2007
FDA officials are debating whether changes in food labels might help consumers make healthy choices. Helen Palmer reports there are plenty of ideas but not much consensus.
Posted In: Health, Retail

Toy industry tries to get the lead out

Amy Scott | Sep 10, 2007
U.S. and Chinese regulators are expected to adopt new standards to prevent products containing lead paint from entering the United States. But, as Amy Scott reports, with the holiday shopping season approaching, the toy industry is taking matters into its own hands.
Posted In: Retail

China has taste for California

Stacey Vanek Smith | Sep 10, 2007
The first California grapes to arrive in China 10 years ago were a big deal, and the appreciation for California produce hasn't worn off. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Retail