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Venezuela's effort at a new image

Dec 1, 2004
Washington was a bit miffed yesterday when it learned Venezuela planned to buy Russian-made MIG fighter jets to replace U.S.-made F-16s. In the words of one senior administration official, "Let me put it this way... we shoot down MIGs." How serious the rift? Hard to say. Venezuela's been concerned for quite a while about its image in the U.S. Marketplace America's desk correspondent Dan Grech tells us about an ad campaign to sell us Venezuela's softer side..
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China, and the U.S. airline industry

Dec 1, 2004
Today, China put on a public display of commitment to eradicate ignorance about AIDS. This, amid projections that suggest that by the end of the decade, the disease could be so widespread in China, it might actually pinch economic growth. China's growth rate has been slowing a bit, but it is still about 9 percent for the year - a remarkable performance by any measure. To capitalize on this, the U.S. Department of Transportation soon will open two new air routes to China. And as Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, that's started a commercial dogfight in the troubled U.S. airline industry.
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Are we in a moral backslide?

Dec 1, 2004
Everyone's talking about Tom Brokaw's final evening in the anchor chair at NBC tonight. In recent months, his impending retirement seemed to have made the Nightly News-man more outspoken. At public appearances, Brokaw's been quoted saying "The first amendment was never intended as a blunt instrument to punish contrary points of view." Some read that as a criticism of recent FCC efforts to clamp down on indecency. While surveys do suggest many Americans are upset about a 'moral backslide', Marketplace commentator Robert Reich wonders if they've got the right culprit...

Tis the season for travel

Dec 1, 2004
A record number of travelers will take to the skies over the next few weeks. Airlines are slashing their fares and amenities to compete for a piece of the pie. Is this the ghost of the airline industry's future? Stacey Vanek Smith reports. Also, commentator Rudy Maxa takes apart a US Airways plan to give employees perks for getting to work and being on time over the holiday season.

Service, with an accent ...

Dec 1, 2004
Maneuvering through America's melting pot often means leaping language barriers. The booming immigrant population is full of newcomers who don't speak much English. When they're waiting tables and driving cabs that can mean winding up with the wrong order or in the wrong place. It's a customer service problem that's getting some employers in hot water. Washington reporter Gretchen Cook has more.

Lumber wars

Nov 30, 2004
President Bush began his first official trip to Canada today. Simmering trade tensions over beef, wheat and pork were on the menu as he met with the Canadian Prime Minister. But perhaps the most difficult issue is that 27 percent tariff the U.S. slapped on Canadian softwood lumber back in 1982. It was the Reagan administration claiming unfair competition. At the time, Canadians worried the tariff would wreck their industry. But as Americas Desk reporter Dan Grech tells us, it may have had quite the reverse effect.
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Lemon laws

Nov 30, 2004
You can raise the hood, kick the the tires, but who's inspecting the fine print on that auto loan? Today the Supreme Court ruled that even if you're tricked into a bad deal, you only get limited damages under a longstanding consumer protection law. Banks and auto dealers had worried that if they lost this case, it could open the door to over a billion dollars in damages every year. Over a billion? Gretchen Cook reports.

The small car bonus

Nov 30, 2004
A man named Godfrey Sullivan is President and CEO of a California software company called Hyperion. While on a vacation in Tahoe recently, Sullivan had an idea for a new employee perk. Today, his company called an all-staff meeting, for a special announcement.

Arnold goes to Washington

Nov 30, 2004
Tonight the first President Bush bestows the George Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service - to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Tomorrow, the California Governor hits Dallas for a fundraiser. Bringing in the bucks is a big part of the job for any politician with national aspirations. Commentator and consumer activist Jamie Court argues you can learn a lot about the Governor by comparing his political and fundraising record in California.

Another exodus

Nov 30, 2004
Yesterday we told you about that UN report which claims that on balance, immigrants boost the economies of their host countries. Great Britain would seem to be a case in point. It has opened the door to millions of immigrants. Its economy is buoyant, unemployment is at a record low, and home prices are among the highest in the world. Nonetheless, native-born Brits are fleeing their homeland. Marketplace's European Bureau chief Stephen Beard looks at why.
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