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Ballot Bucks: Social Security

Oct 20, 2004
Time again for Ballot Bucks, our series on the important economic issues being debated by the candidates. Today's topic: Social Security. From Washington D.C., Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports. (Photo: Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Disney on trial over Michael Ovitz

Oct 19, 2004
The scene: Delaware chancery court. The cast: Disney CEO Michael Eisner, former Disney president and super-agent Michael Ovitz, and other sundry Hollywood moguls. Shareholders of Walt Disney Company are suing the Happiest Place on Earth and its board of directors over the $140 million severance package Ovitz took with him in 1996. That's when Eisner fired him, after just 14 months on the job. Despite the cleanly drawn characters this is all about the rules of corporate governance. Jeff Horwich reports on who will pay if the judge sides with investors.

Eliot Spitzer's charge against insurance

Oct 19, 2004
Insurance companies may be wishing this week that they'd bought more of their own product. The investigation into kickbacks and bid-rigging within the insurance industry expands by the day and has prompted the biggest stock market selloffs of the last two days. The states of California, Pennsylvania and Connecticut have joined New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer in his excavation of industry e-mails and documents. What exactly are they doing? For some answers we turned to Jim Cox - a professor of corporate and securites law at Duke University...

Surviving Yankees v. Red Sox isn't easy

Oct 19, 2004
Two elimination games on two nights, both of historic length. Both keeping fans up way past their bedtimes. As employees in New York and Boston drag themselves to the office, we take a look at how the late night post-season is affecting the East Coast's workforce.

Ballot Bucks: the deficit

Oct 19, 2004
Taxes have been one of the hottest issues in this year's presidential campaign. Who will really pay more under the Bush and Kerry plans? And how will the middle class be affected? In the second installment of our "Ballot Bucks" election series, Marketplace's Scott Tong makes sense of the candidates' tax proposals.

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.
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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)

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.

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.

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