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Mailbag for Friday, May 19, 2006

Chris Farrell | May 19, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: filing for bankruptcy, renting versus buying, and purchasing whole life insurance.

Poker Face of Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | May 19, 2006
Just like poker, Wall Street isn't for sissies. Author Aaron Brown deals out the similarities between these two versions of risk-taking. He talks with Kai about his new book, The Poker Face of Wall Street.
Posted In: Economy

Time off with benefits

Kai Ryssdal | May 19, 2006
Massachusetts has introduced a bill that would create the most generous paid leave package in the nation. Will other states follow? Kai finds out from Deven McGraw of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Posted In: Jobs

Forced retirement

Kai Ryssdal | May 19, 2006
A new survey says more workers are facing early retirement. It's not how folks planned to start their golden years. Can workers recover the loss of earned income? Kai speaks with Joanna Rotenberg, a McKinsey consultant.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Debt doldrums

| May 19, 2006
Americans love their credit cards. But there's a thin line between love and hate. We're a nation at war with debt. Maureen McMurray files this story from the frontlines... her apartment.

The Real ID

Bob Moon | May 19, 2006
In the future, a single card may be your ticket to everything. You'll use it to access your bank account. Without it, you can't travel on a plane or collect social security. Bob Moon reports on the battle over "Real ID."

New Orleans picks a mayor this Saturday

Sam Eaton | May 19, 2006
Ahead of this weekend's mayoral election in New Orleans, Sam Eaton looks at the politics — and whether a victory by either candidate will matter much to the pace of reconstruction in the Crescent City.

Upfronts lose advertisers

| May 19, 2006
Daily Variety editor Michael Speier talks to host Mark Austin Thomas about why advertisers so far are reluctant to sponsor the network's new fall TV shows.

Putting lawyers on the defensive

Alisa Roth | May 19, 2006
Federal prosecutors yesterday indicted a prominent law firm that's been the driving force behind shareholder lawsuits against dozens of corporations. So can corporate America breathe a sigh of relief? Alisa Roth reports.

Few advantages with Fannie and Freddie

Stacey Vanek Smith | May 19, 2006
They're supposed to promote home ownership through more affordable mortgages, but a Fed economist says government-sponsored lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are lining shareholder pockets instead. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Washington