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Blair and immigration

Apr 20, 2005
British leader Tony Blair is on course to win a third term in office after the UK's election next month. On most of the key issues - like the economy , healthcare and education, Blair's ruling Labour party enjoys a big lead over its rivals. But on one issue the opposition Conservatives are ahead: immigration. As Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports, calls for tougher controls on immigration is proving highly popular with the British electorate.
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Is inflation under control?

Apr 20, 2005
The Federal Reserve's line on the economy has been that inflation has been that inflation is, for the most part, under control. Still, the dollar is low, energy prices are high and employment numbers are a little shaky. So, how "under control" is inflation, really? Stacey Vanek Smith took a look.

Chinese, American forces battle piracy together - with mixed reviews

Apr 19, 2005
A court in Shanghai today ordered two Americans to serve jailtime and pay more than $60,000 in fines.Their crime - hawking pirated DVD's over the Internet. Some of them sold for as little as three bucks. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports, this is the first time American and Chinese officials have joined forces to crack down on violators of intellectual property laws. But not everyone is giving the arrangement rave reviews.
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Marketplace Letters!

Apr 19, 2005
The Marketplace mailbag is full, so it's time to open it up and hear what you all have been thinking about ...

Zimbabwe land reform

Apr 19, 2005
When Zimbabwe launched its land reform efforts five years ago, the media focused much of its attention on the white farmers who were targeted for removal. But it's not just farm owners who've fled the country. Gretchen Wilson reports that as Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, its farm workers have found that leaving the country is one of the only ways left to survive.

Vatican in the red

Apr 18, 2005
The conclave of cardinals met in Rome today to begin the business of choosing a new pope. But black smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel--indicating the cardinals so far haven't agreed on a successor to John Paul II. Once a new pope is elected, not only will will he have to care for the souls of more than a billion church followers worldwide, he'll also have to pull the Vatican out of the red. From Rome, Megan Williams reports.
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Make mine metal

Apr 18, 2005
Hasbro, the country's number two toy manufacturer, reported an unexpected first-quarter loss today. The maker of Mr. Potato Head and Star Wars action figures has been hit by competition from video games and iPods. But Hasbro also says the price of oil--used in plastics--is cutting into profits. Higher oil prices aren't the only reason some manufacturers are turning away from the synthetic stuff. Dennis Nishi reports.

Leaving Boston

Apr 18, 2005
Last week we got word The Atlantic Monthly is moving the last of its staff out of Boston -- where it's been since 1857. It's yet another blow to Boston's business community, which has lost some big-name companies to outsiders in recent years. Boston-based giants like Fleet Bank, John Hancock and Gillette all have new homes now. What happens when so many businesses pack-up and leave the town that made them famous? From Boston, reporter Monica Brady-Myerov takes a look.

Hard Sell

Apr 18, 2005
Imagine for just a second you're twenty five years old with a trunk-full of prescription drugs in your car.Nothing illegal here. You're a pharmaceutical drug rep...going door to door trying to convince doctors to use your products. Jamie Reedy wrote about his experiences selling Viagra...and himself a little bit...in his book...Hard Sell.

Inside the IRS - what goes on behind those IRS doors

Apr 15, 2005
Millions of Americans ship off their tax returns to the IRS today. So, just who has the unenviable task now of plodding through all of that paperwork? Monica Brady-Myerov takes us inside the IRS to meet the people whose responsibility it is to process our 1040s.

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