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Commentary: The bankruptcy laws and big business

Apr 20, 2005
Filing for individual bankruptcy is getting harder with new laws designed to prevent individuals from sliding out from under financial obligations, making it difficult for legitimate claims. Meanwhile, large corporations still find a viable option in corporate bankruptcy. Commentator Robert Reich says this just isn't fair.

Coupon Clippers

Apr 20, 2005
You know them; you may even be one of them -- major league coupon clippers. The shoppers who know how to pay for a whole cart of groceries with just a few dollars and a neat stack of coupons. Those searching for the best deals are now often finding them on the internet, where their fingers -- not the scissors -- can do the clipping. Mhari Saito takes a look.

The NYSE goes private

Apr 20, 2005
The NYSE will merge with electronic-trading firm Archipelago Holdings to create a for-profit company. Many wonder if this is the beginning of the end of the old system of face-to-face trading. David Wells from the Financial Times talks to host David Brown.

No school district left behind

Apr 20, 2005
The nation's largest teachers' union, the National Education Association, is joining forces with education departments in Michigan, Vermont, and Texas to sue the federal government over the No Child Left Behind Act. The NEA and the 9 school districts involved claim the act is an unfunded mandate. From the Work and Family Desk, Marketplace's Sarah Gardner reports.

Blair and immigration

Apr 20, 2005
British leader Tony Blair is on course to win a third term in office after the UK's election next month. On most of the key issues - like the economy , healthcare and education, Blair's ruling Labour party enjoys a big lead over its rivals. But on one issue the opposition Conservatives are ahead: immigration. As Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports, calls for tougher controls on immigration is proving highly popular with the British electorate.
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Is inflation under control?

Apr 20, 2005
The Federal Reserve's line on the economy has been that inflation has been that inflation is, for the most part, under control. Still, the dollar is low, energy prices are high and employment numbers are a little shaky. So, how "under control" is inflation, really? Stacey Vanek Smith took a look.

Chinese, American forces battle piracy together - with mixed reviews

Apr 19, 2005
A court in Shanghai today ordered two Americans to serve jailtime and pay more than $60,000 in fines.Their crime - hawking pirated DVD's over the Internet. Some of them sold for as little as three bucks. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, this is the first time American and Chinese officials have joined forces to crack down on violators of intellectual property laws. But not everyone is giving the arrangement rave reviews.
Posted In: Canada

Marketplace Letters!

Apr 19, 2005
The Marketplace mailbag is full, so it's time to open it up and hear what you all have been thinking about ...

Zimbabwe land reform

Apr 19, 2005
When Zimbabwe launched its land reform efforts five years ago, the media focused much of its attention on the white farmers who were targeted for removal. But it's not just farm owners who've fled the country. Gretchen Wilson reports that as Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, its farm workers have found that leaving the country is one of the only ways left to survive.

Vatican in the red

Apr 18, 2005
The conclave of cardinals met in Rome today to begin the business of choosing a new pope. But black smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel--indicating the cardinals so far haven't agreed on a successor to John Paul II. Once a new pope is elected, not only will will he have to care for the souls of more than a billion church followers worldwide, he'll also have to pull the Vatican out of the red. From Rome, Megan Williams reports.
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