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Brave pollster

Jan 27, 2005
Iraqi insurgents are saying they will attack anyone who votes in Sunday's election. But some brave Iraqis are not only voting, they are working the polls on Election Day. Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi found one pollster as he prepared for Sunday.

NYSE to open early

Jan 27, 2005
Big Board chief John Thain made headlines at the World Economic Forum in Davos today when he said the New York Stock Exchange was thinking about opening two hours earlier. Marketplace's Amy Scott, on Wall Street, asks the actual traders what they think about getting up two hours earlier.

Lukoil rebranding

Jan 27, 2005
Pretty soon there will be no more Mobil or Getty Oil stations in the U.S. Russian parent company has decided to rebrand all its American stations under the corporate moniker -- Lukoil. Marketplace's Alisa Roth asks whether the effort will help or hurt the company's brand identity.

Advergaming

Jan 27, 2005
Commentator and Harvard psychologist Susan Linn says she thinks the decision by junk food companies not to market to kids is because they've found an ever better channel to children's stomachs -- video games.

Spy hard

Jan 27, 2005
It's now a month into the New Year. So, how's your resolution working? Cash Peters finds some L.A. gym owners who have an idea that may keep you on the treadmill for more than just January.

In pursuit of the housing bubble

Jan 27, 2005
Despite all the talk of rising mortgage rates last year, for the most part rates held steady. What's going on? Host Tess Vigeland gets an explanation from Marketplace's money expert Chris Farrell.

Sports drunks

Jan 27, 2005
With lawsuits brewing over beer served at pro sporting events, will sports franchises soon make their last call for alcohol? Host Cheryl Glaser talks to Marketplace's Business of Sports commentator David Carter about how the issue of overdrinking at games may come to a head.

Rock the wealthy vote in Iraq

Jan 27, 2005
Despite the current troubles of Iraqi citizens, many are richer than they were under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Will the upcoming elections do anything to further boost the country's business climate? Borzou Daragahi takes a look.

Out with the new, in with the old

Jan 26, 2005
Just when it seemed the traditional company pension was on its way out, one telecommunications giant is bringing it back. For years, companies have been dropping their defined benefit plans in favor of less expensive employee-funded plans. But this week SBC Communications changed course, saying it wanted to reward long-time managers. As Marketplace's Amy Scott reports, there may be other reasons as well.

Deficit

Jan 26, 2005
More than meets the eye? Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says the national deficit, which is growing once more this year to a record $427 billion, doesn't take into account war expenditures, permanent tax cuts, and paying interest on federal borrowing, let alone the privatization of Social Security. So how much is it?

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