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Farm policy just doesn't add up

| Oct 24, 2007
North Dakota has one U.S. senator for every 318,000 residents. California has one for every 18 million people. Commentator Jonathan Chait says that disparity is just one reason why farm policy doesn't really change.

A Disagreement About Entitlements

Chris Farrell | Oct 24, 2007
I love it when something I say sparks a reaction among listeners. Last week, Marketplace Morning Report host Scott Jagow and I talked about the...

A bad quarter for Merrill Lynch

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 24, 2007
Merrill Lynch turned in its first quarterly loss in six years, and the write-downs are a few billion dollars larger than expected. Jeremy Hobson reports big bets on mortgage-related securities are partially to blame.
Posted In: Wall Street

Pasta producers noodling with prices?

| Oct 24, 2007
The price of pasta has been at a record high, thanks to the soaring cost of wheat. But Megan Williams reports there may be some internal colluding amongst pasta producers at the root of the rise.

Working through a rough economy

Dan Grech | Oct 24, 2007
While the U.S. economy struggles to maintain its composure after the mortgage crisis, some companies find they can use it to their benefit. Dan Grech looks at a fast-growing company on the other side of the debacle.
Posted In: Jobs

Closing the 'Enron loophole'

Amy Scott | Oct 24, 2007
Congress wants to prevent inflated natural gas prices from investment manipulation, along the lines of what happened with hedge-fund Amaranth. But some say the government shouldn't have to look so closely over investors' shoulders. Amy Scott reports.

New standards for mortgage lenders

Jeremy Hobson | Oct 24, 2007
The House is considering a bill that would set new standards for lending practices in hopes of eradicating issues that caused mortgage crisis. Jeremy Hobson has more.

Don't block the Rocktober

Rico Gagliano | Oct 24, 2007
The Colorado Rockies want to commemorate entry into the World Series by trademarking the month of "Rocktober" But the word is a valued marketing pun with several classic rock stations. Rico Gagliano has more.
Posted In: Entertainment, Sports

Today's market problems ring a bell

Alisa Roth | Oct 24, 2007
As Wall Street remembers the anniversary of Black Thursday, it's not difficult to see some similarities between today's market and the one from the Depression era. Alisa Roth looked into it.
Posted In: Wall Street

Don't support a conflict of interest

| Oct 24, 2007
Congress is looking into why credit-rating agencies gave high ratings to securities backed by subprime mortgages. Commentator Robert Reich says the answer is clear.