Marketplace AM for February 6, 2006

Episode Description 

The budget heads to Congress

In his State of Union address, President Bush said he'd offer a budget that would cut funding for 140 domestic programs. Today, the President sends that budget request to Capitol Hill, but some wonder if it'll even make a dent in the deficit. Hilary Wicai reports.

The future of Wendy's

Wendy's has seen some frosty sales numbers lately. Today, the fast food company meets with analysts - to try to convince them things are turning around. Marketplace's Janet Babin reports.

The Sloan Sessions: the return of 30-year bonds

Later this week, the federal government will sell 30-year treasury bonds for the first time since 2001.Back then, the U.S. had a budget surplus, and had the money to pay off some of its $8 trillion dollar debt.But now, the deficit is mounting and the money's not there. Newsweek's Alan Sloan looks into whether investors are clamoring to buy the long bond.

India to buy Brazilian oil field

India has a growing appetite for oil. To feed that need India's state energy company is close to buying a 30% stake in a Brazilian oil field known as Project Sugar Loaf. Dan Grech reports from the America's Desk.

Iran's nuke program puts oil over a barrel

The price of oil shot up this morning ---in response to the weekend's news that the world's nuclear watchdog has reported Iran to the United Nations. In early trading, U.S. light crude rose more than a dollar to more than $66 dollars a barrel. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports:

California trash rules

Some things just aren't right for the trash. Rachel Dornhelm says a new rule in California will ban toxic items from the garbage cans.

"Company" author Max Barry

Max Barry got quite a shock when he went to work in sales at Hewlett Packard after college. He found the business world daunting... and inspirational. He's just written the ultimate satire of life in the corporation. It's called "Company", and it begins with the theft of a donut.

Superbowl ads

We probably don't have to tell you there was a football game last night. Some people actually watched the play, but then there were those of us who were more interested in the ads, such as Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith.
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Coal safety shutdown

The last few weeks have drawn attention to the dangers of coal mining. Today, the Federal government's asking all coal mines in this country to shut down for about an hour per shift, to make sure safety procedures are intact. Here's Marketplace's Sam Eaton.

Chinese workers quitting

China's labor conditions are notoriously bad. This week, millions of Chinese return to the work after the holidays. At least they're supposed to. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

Stamping out spam

What if you had to buy a stamp every time you sent an email? That would get pretty expensive. Well, AOL and Yahoo think charging companies per email might be a way to discourage them from spamming you to death. Marketplace's Janet Babin reports.