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Pressuring Israel with holy money

| Oct 19, 2004
There's a new front in the Israeli and the Palenstinian struggle. It's located in the boardroom of an American church. The Presbyterian Church USA is talking about withdrawing its investment money from companies that operate in Israel. The church opposes many of the Israeli government's policies in the West Bank and Palestine. The National Council of Churches meets tomorrow to discuss the divestiture movement with Jewish leaders. Marketplace foreign editor Karen Lowe reports.
Posted In: Canada

Ballot Bucks: The deficit

| Oct 19, 2004
What do the presidential candidates plan to do about the country's soaring budget deficit? Some budget watchers think both John Kerry and George Bush would do the same thing: make it bigger. Marketplace's Scott Tong has more in our election series, Ballot Bucks 2004. (Photo: Getty Images)

Think small not tall ...

| Oct 19, 2004
Buy a big can of beer and you're tapping into trouble. That's the thinking of city officials in Washington DC. They're launching a ban on big beer containers today in some of the city's problem neighborhoods. And as James Jones reports, it's brewing a controversy. (Photo: Getty Images)

Is the U.S. losing out without Kyoto?

| Oct 18, 2004
You may be aware that the Bush Administration pulled out of the Kyoto Treaty on Climate Change in 2001. But that didn't mean the end of the global effort to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions. This week the Russian parliament begins debating the measure. Since the U.S. is not part of Kyoto... companies here won't have to comply with expensive upgrades to their emissions technologies. But Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that instead of putting them at an international advantage, U.S. manufacturers could be missing out.
Posted In: Science

Commentary: Does the Kyoto decision make sense

| Oct 18, 2004
Commentator David Manasian of The Economist weighs in on the Bush administration's rejection of the Kyoto treaty.

Voting early

| Oct 18, 2004
In the news business we work odd hours... so we are able to vote either first thing in the morning or even in the middle of the afternoon. If you're a 9-to-5'er you've probably waited in line at the polling station. In several states you can vote before Election Day - either by mail or at voting booths. Voters in the swing-state of Florida started today as did Texas, Colorado and Arkansas. Skeptics wonder how much of this is really about helping workers... or whether it's more about using exit poll data to influence campaigning in other states. Marketplace's Dan Grech reports.

Ballot Bucks: Healthcare

| Oct 18, 2004
With just two weeks to go before Election Day it may be tough to get beyond the soundbites of the campaign trail. But despite the sometimes-incendiary rhetoric President Bush and Senator Kerry have also been staking out honest -- and profound -- policy differences. That includes issues with a direct impact on your wallet. Today we kick off another in our ongoing series of reports we're calling "Ballot Bucks." It's a buyer's guide, of sorts, to the political product you'll be purchasing on November second. Helen Palmer starts us off this week with a look at healthcare...

Cashing out or cashing in ...

| Oct 18, 2004
Home builders are riding a tide of low mortgage rates and more potential buyers. A report out today from the National Association of Home Builders says optimism about sales grew in October to its strongest level this year. It's pretty much the same in the market for existing homes. So if you're already a home owner it can be awfully tempting to sell and cash in. In this edition of the Loh Down... commentator Sandra Tsing Loh discovers there's a catch.

Sloan Sessions and small business ...

| Oct 18, 2004
Newsweek's Allan Sloan outlines how his Burger King-worthy paycheck as a commentator might qualify him as an entrepreneur who would -- according to the President -- be one of 900,000 small businesses hurt by Kerry's tax plan. Much like Bush's own $84 dollar stake in a timber company...

Ballot Bucks: The candidates on health

| Oct 18, 2004
The candidates are criss-crossing the U.S. to convince voters that they have the best plan for America. And there are real differences - but the reality can be hard to untangle from the rhetoric. So we set our reporters to tease out the true differences between Bush and Kerry - and provide a sort of "buyers guide" for voters. First, we'll look at health care. Here's Helen Palmer from the Health Desk at WGBH. (Photo: Getty Images)

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