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Chris Farrell on interest rates

Aug 11, 2005
This week, for the 10th time in a row, the Federal Reserve bumped up its benchmark interest rate a quarter point. That rate now sits at 3 and a half percent and seems headed higher than experts had predicted. Scott Jagow asks Chris Farrell what's going on.

When is ice cream not ice cream?

Aug 10, 2005
When the Food and Drug Administration says it isn't. But what the FDA says may change soon, thanks to a proposal that will make it easier to relax food standards. Gretchen Cook has more.

How bad are things at Fannie Mae?

Aug 10, 2005
Fannie Mae is in some deep financial trouble — although it is one of our underwriters — but it doesn't know exactly how much. After the bell Tuesday the company said it won't finish its earnings restatement until late next year. Dawn Kopecki from Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal talks to host Kai Rysdall about what happend with a call with Fannie Mae's CEO this morning.

Sri Lanka: Rebuilding, but in debt

Aug 10, 2005
The island country of Sri Lanka suffered heavy damages in last December's tsunami. Aid pledges for the region came to about $2 billion. But politics and bureaucracy have kept that money from those most in need. Miranda Kennedy reports.
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Take a ride in the fast lane

Aug 10, 2005
Want to ride in the carpool lane, but don't have a companion? Buy a hybrid car — it's a provision that's in the new highway bill the President will sign today. Marketplace's Scott Tong reports.

A break for artists?

Aug 10, 2005
Right now, when art collectors donate works to museums, they can claim a charitable deduction — but an artist cannot. Congress is thinking about giving them such a break. From Iowa Public Radio, Joyce Russell reports.

When Bambi looks a little pork-y

Aug 10, 2005
President Bush is scheduled to sign the highway bill today. Included in its $286 billion are some projects that smell of pork — say, $200,00 for a deer-avoidance system. Commentator Jeff Birnbaum has more.

Temptation and self-denial on the web

Aug 10, 2005
Ethan Lindsey looks at a new anti-procrastination tool. Sure, you want to click, but maybe you should check your e-mail first.

Disney is still the happiest place on earth

Aug 9, 2005
A Delaware judge ruled this afternoon the Walt Disney company and its board did nothing wrong when they gave former company President Michael Ovtiz $140 million to go away. Shareholders claimed that chairman Michael Eisner and the Disney board of directors weren't looking out for their investors as the law requires. But that's not the way the judge saw it. Jeff Tyler reports.

Fighting for the right to peek

Aug 9, 2005
More than half of the publicly-traded companies in this country make their corporate homes in the state of Delaware; it's one of the few that let businesses incorporate without actually being there. The documents are in Delaware, but only Delaware-ians can see 'em — for now. From WHYY, Aries Keck reports.

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