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Credit market tightens on lenders

Kai Ryssdal | Jul 25, 2007
The bankers in the Chrysler sale say they aren't going to be able to sell off loans Chrysler's arranged in the deal, due to a credit-market squeeze. Kai Ryssdal talks to an executive in the credit market about what's going on.
Posted In: Investing

FBI wants funds for phone records

Steve Henn | Jul 25, 2007
The FBI has asked Congress for money to pay telecommunications companies to store customer data in case agents decide they need it. Watchdog groups worry about the temptation for an abuse of power. Steve Henn reports.

Should shareholders get more power?

Jeff Tyler | Jul 25, 2007
The SEC considered new rules that would give shareholders more influence over a company's board of directors. Some groups argue that giving shareholders more power would be an unnecessary burden on executives. Jeff Tyler reports.

Study: Friends influence your weight

Curt Nickisch | Jul 25, 2007
If your close friends become obese, it's likely you'll become obese, too. That's according to a study out today by the New England Journal of Medicine, which is framing obesity as a social disease. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health

A quiet revolution of black leadership

| Jul 25, 2007
Senator Barack Obama and others are changing the rules of what it means to be a black leader. Commentator Marcellus Andrews says we should dump the idea that the only good government for black people is a black-only government.

Putting global warming on the plastic

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jul 25, 2007
General Electric is introducing a credit card that allows shoppers to purchase carbon offsets as they spend. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Selling to the haves, giving to the have-nots

| Jul 25, 2007
This weekend, a Southern California shoe company will give one pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair purchased. Brett Brune reports on the company's charitable nature despite its for-profit status.

Moroccans dream of being 'far away'

| Jul 25, 2007
With illegal migration to Europe a big problem in Morocco, the country is considering ways to keep its citizens in. John Laurenson has the story from phosphate-mining town Khouribga, a popular point of departure.
Posted In: Canada

The Unemployment Rate Is Too High

Chris Farrell | Jul 25, 2007
Why do we think a 4.5% unemployment rate is too low or, to put it somewhat diferently, is acceptable. Far too many people are unemployed these days...

A microcosm of the subprime meltdown

Steve Henn | Jul 25, 2007
One working-class neighborhood in Cleveland saw 400 foreclosures last year. But critics say the home lending crisis is only now making headlines because it's shaking up Wall Street. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing