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Hit comedies elude networks

Feb 11, 2005
The need to find new hit comedies is no laughing matter for the TV networks. Many of their popular sitcoms have had their run and as "Variety's" Stu Levine tells host Tess Vigeland, the networks are scrambling to find the next big thing.
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Indecency fines

Feb 10, 2005
Broadcasters may have to pay $500,000 the next time they air material considered to be indecent. A House committee approved raising the fines for indecent broadcasts yesterday and the new laws would also institute a "three-strikes" rule. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports that means the FCC would be required to look into revoking the license of TV or radio stations that are fined three times.
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India China oil

Feb 10, 2005
The price of oil is down from record highs in November, but scarcity always remains an issue. Now, countries like India and China are teaming up to lock down new oil markets for themselves. Marketplace's Miranda Kennedy reports.
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Tax Breaks

Feb 10, 2005
The President was in North Carolina and Pennsylvania today. He's been stumping like a candidate to win support for his changes to Social Security and cuts in the budget. In Detroit, Mr. Bush said it's time to eliminate the programs that don't deliver on their promises. Commentator and tax expert Len Burman likes this 'good government test'. So he wonders why hundreds of programs are getting a pass.
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Travel Expo

Feb 10, 2005
Today representatives from airlines, employee unions, and passengers groups held a news conference. They were protesting a White House proposal to hike security taxes on airline tickets. Under the plan, ticket fees would be boosted by 3 bucks to help raise an extra 1.5 billion dollars for the Department of Homeland Security. This week one Senator accused the President of trying to balance the budget on the backs of travelers. Marketplace's Cash Peters doesn't take this very seriously. To be honest, he seldom takes *anything* seriously.
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IRA Bank Raid

Feb 10, 2005
Northern Ireland's ceasefire watchdog agency has announced that a $50 million December bank robbery was carried out by Irish Republican Army guerrillas. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that some critics see the robbery as an indication that the IRA's normal channels of financing have dried up.
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Reviewing the federal budget

Feb 10, 2005
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell takes a closer look at the President's $2.5 trillion budget proposal.
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Taxing the Internet

Feb 10, 2005
Political leaders are looking for ways to raise more money for the government, again. And once more, taxing the Internet has come up as an option. As Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, the latest scheme is based on a law that's been on the books for more than 100 years. We then hear from commentator Matt Miller, who argues it's not spending that's driving up the deficit.
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NHL Strike update

Feb 10, 2005
Morning Report host Tess Vigeland and David Carter take a look at the disastrous NHL non-season and the prospects for the future.
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National ID cards standards

Feb 9, 2005
The House begins debating national identification card rules. But Marketplace's Scott Tong reports that state lawmakers say it's just another unfunded mandate.

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