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Lobbying firms: The new start-ups?

| Dec 29, 2005
2005 looks like a banner year for venture capital. The money's being invested in all sorts of high-flying industries: High tech, biochemicals, health care and, as commentator Jeff Birnbaum notes -- lobbying.

Talking about REAL money.

| Dec 29, 2005
When we at Marketplace tell you about companies merging, breaking up, or restating their earnings, there's a measurement we haven't used much lately: The million. Ayala Ben-Yehuda tells us what's happened to that lowly number.

The state of the unions

Tess Vigeland | Dec 29, 2005
Between bankrupt airlines and auto companies losing billions, it's been a tough year to be a union worker. Host Tess Vigeland speaks to labor economist Harley Shaiken about the year in labor.

Their cup runneth over

Paddy Hirsch | Dec 29, 2005
California winemakers says the quality of this year's grapes is excellent, and the 2005 vintage should be very special. But a bumper crop doesn't always mean good news for grape growers. From Sonoma County, Patrick Hirsch reports.

Marketing tips

Lisa Napoli | Dec 29, 2005
Author and marketing expert Steve Cone talks to host Lisa Napoli about his new book "Steal These Ideas!: Marketing Secrets That Will Make You a Star."

Farrell on the housing market

Scott Jagow | Dec 29, 2005
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell previews the 2006 housing market with host Scott Jagow.

Government telecommunications contract

| Dec 29, 2005
The government is looking to spend $20 billion to outfit most federal employees with the latest telecommunications gear. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports telecom companies are pulling out the stops to win the contract.

Ski resorts and global warming

Jane Lindholm | Dec 29, 2005
The week between Christmas and New Year's is traditionally the busiest of the year for ski resorts. But many aren't just fighting with competitors to stay afloat. They're also fighting a changing climate. Jane Lindholm has more.

Japan grows; China grows faster

Jocelyn Ford | Dec 29, 2005
Japanese stocks finished the day at their highest level in five years on Thursday. The benchmark Nikkei index climbed almost a full percent - and will likely close out 2005 as its best year since the 1980s bubble. But that isn't stopping the country from losing traction in Asia. A new Lehman Brother report says the economies in the rest of Asia added up are expected to overtake Japan's GDP this year. Jocelyn Ford reports on what's driving the shift.

New York's transit agreement

Alisa Roth | Dec 29, 2005
Transit workers and New York's MTA have reached agreement on a new contract, but does it lay the groundwork for better labor relations in the future, or set the stage for more trouble ahead? Alisa Roth has more.

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