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Marketplace AM for April 13, 2007

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Haggling over drug prices for seniors

One of the things on the Democrats' 100-day agenda was finding a way to lower prescription drug prices for seniors. They want to let Medicare negotiate prices, but that plan's not going anywhere fast.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Equity firms eye Sallie Mae

A private equity fund is reportedly considering buying the student loan firm for more than $20 billion, even as Sallie Mae battles allegations of improper connections between lenders and college financial aid departments.
Posted In: Investing

Nigerians go to the polls

People in Nigeria are ready for a change of leadership. This weekend's election may bring that, but it isn't clear how a power shift might impact life and business in the violence-plagued, oil-rich Niger Delta.
Posted In: Canada

Populist president takes on Ecuador's elite

Rafael Correa has spurned free trade with the U.S. and threatens to default on his country's debt. Now he's taking on Ecuador's political system, which he says is dominated by the country's elite.

Job Files: Mime

On this week's Job Files, we find a mime who's not giving us the silent treatment for once.

Election '08: Wine & dine indicator

Presidential campaigns are in full record-breaking money-raising swing. Tomorrow candidates will have to report on how they're using their cash, and one detail that can be a telling indicator of spending style is where they're eating.
Posted In: Washington

Taxpayers, meet the Coglianos

Year after year, three generations of tax accountants work side-by-side for a devoted clinetele in Queens, New York. Their advice: "You do right by the people and they come back to you."
Posted In: Taxes

Ryanair en route to U.S.?

Europe's biggest low-cost airline is hoping to fly through the newly Open Skies to the U.S. with flights starting as low as $28 round trip. Yes $28 — but it may not be the most comfortable 16 hours of your life.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

100 days and counting

It's been 100 days since the Democrats took back control of Congress. They have yet to get a bill to the President's desk, but they've well-surpassed the past three Congresses in terms of executive oversight.
Posted In: Washington