Marketplace AM for June 27, 2007

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China food crackdown may lack bite

The Chinese government shuttered 180 factories today after inspectors found industrial chemicals in food products. It sounds like a step in the right direction, but with 750,000 food processing plants, safety enforcement is no easy task. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Canada

How the Journal could change

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch isn't likely to sweeten his $5 billion bid to the Bancroft family. Staci Kramer of PaidContent.org says the Wall Street Journal newspaper was headed for big changes anyway.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Immigration-bill boost for Home Depot?

A proposed amendment to the controversial legislation would shield the home improvement superstore chain from being forced by local governments to provide facilities for day laborers. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Jobs, Washington

Hedge fund boom bound for bustville

As hedge funds become more accessible to everyday investors, commentator David Frum offers this friendly warning: It's not possible for thousands of funds to beat the market, year in and year out. And there will be losers when the ride is over.
Posted In: Investing

A mountain of furniture to climb

Three decades ago she saved your kids from sleeping in toxic jammies. Now chemist Arlene Blum is taking on unsafe sofas. Sasha Aslanian profiles one woman's ongoing battle against potentially hazardous chemicals that keep sneaking into consumer products.
Posted In: Health, Science

Northwest cancels flight after flight

Northwest passengers have been spending a lot of time not flying out of airports lately. The airline has been forced to cancel hundreds of flights since Friday, and once again a labor-management squabble seems to be at issue. Martin Moylan reports.
Posted In: Travel

Lobbyist in the White House

It's hard to spin the revolving door faster than Ed Gillespie, who starts today as counselor to President Bush. A controversial choice, he's helped build one of Washington's largest lobbying firms while jumping into and out of government jobs. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

CAFE debate spills over to House

The Senate last week passed an energy bill which would up the minimum fuel economy standards for automakers to a fleetwide average of 35 mpg. The auto industry hopes to remove that requirement in the House this week. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Auto

Exxon chief attacks Senate energy bill

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson told the Financial Times that the energy reform currently passing through Congress "almost defies any sense of logical or rational thinking." The FT's Ed Crooks tells us more.
Posted In: Washington

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