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Playing economics with China

| Jan 11, 2005
China's impact on the U.S. economy can't be overstated. A report out this morning says the China factor goes well beyond textiles, as Marketplace's Scott Jagow reports. Meanwhile, while the U.S. and Chinese economies have fueled the global economic growth of the past decade, commentator Robin Bew believes the fun won't last in 2005.

New age for Palestinians

| Jan 10, 2005
President Bush today congratulated Mahmoud Abbas and invited him to the White House. Abbas was elected President of the Palestinian Authority yesterday. Thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza celebrated into the wee hours. But in East Jerusalem, where more than 200,000 Palestinians live, many businessmen in the old city couldn't shake their skepticism. Marketplace's Nancy Updike reports.

Health and taxes ...

| Jan 10, 2005
This week in Washington, the president's set to start an election-style campaign to sell his plans for overhauling the Social Security system. Only last week, the president appointed a panel to recommend a tax simplification plan. Though critics worry about revenue cuts, supporters say tax simplification could encourage job growth. While considering changes to the tax code, Commentator Glenn Hubbard argues there should be another bonus.

Does Pittsburgh have a better idea?

| Jan 10, 2005
United Airlines' flight attendants hammered out a contract with management over the weekend. The new deal may help the carrier emerge from bankruptcy while preserving employee pensions. Maybe not. Times are as hard as they get for the airlines - thousands of lost jobs, and routes disappearing between small towns, and some big ones too. Now one airport is trying to buy some peace of mind by buying landing rights at other airports. From Pittsburgh's WDUQ, Mark Nootbaar reports.

The auto business: as intense as ever

| Jan 10, 2005
General Motors announced today it will cut seven percent of its workforce this year. The move comes after disappointing sales numbers. But Detroit is trying hard to get its mojo back. Host David Brown visits the LA Auto Show with LA Times auto critic Dan Neil to see how...

Venezuela's land plan

| Jan 10, 2005
This weekend in Venezuela, security forces inspected a cattle ranch owned by Britain's Vestey Group. There is a new law that allows the government to seize what it claims to be "idle" farmland and redistribute it to those who promise to work the land. It's not just big foreign interests worried about the socialist proclivities of President Hugo Chavez. From the Venezuelan capitol, Carole King prepared our report.

Wall Street's glory day ...

| Jan 10, 2005
This coming Friday is the fifth anniversary of the Dow's all-time high. Newsweek's Wall Street Editor Allan Sloan examines where the stock markets begin 2005 in a historical context.

Moving forward in Indonesia

| Jan 10, 2005
Indonesia is still trying to meet the immediate needs of many of those left homeless by the tsunamis. But some of those refugees have already turned their thoughts to the future. Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford made the rounds of refugee camps in Banda Aceh to see what people plan to do next.

Last Look

| Jan 9, 2005
What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell

| Jan 9, 2005
Buy What You Like Investment Strategy It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, Chris looks at the "Buy What You Like" investment mantra and says, "DOH"!
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