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Marketplace AM for March 7, 2007

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Republican hopes pinned to health care

Commentator David Frum says if Republicans want to have any hopes of winning in 2008, they'd better find a fix for the American health care market — stat.

Whistleblowing made easier . . . not necessarily safer

Soon wannabe whistleblowers can spill corporate and government secrets online. Wikileaks.org promises the opportunity to post documents anonymously. But critics are already asking, says who?
Posted In: Science

The death of Internet radio?

Online radio stations are facing a hefty hike in the royalties they pay to record labels for streaming music. If a federal copyright panel's ruling stands, it could wipe out smaller companies in one retroactive, fell swoop.
Posted In: Science, Washington

Aston Martin finds a buyer

Ford has reportedly lined up a motor racing company to purchase its luxury Aston Martin division. Sales for the brand are on the upswing, but analysts agree that Ford is making the right move.
Posted In: Auto, Canada

Police wanted, must disclose financial records

Some L.A. police are refusing to allow their private financial records to be made public as mandated by a federal decree. It's supposed to weed out corrupt cops, but the police union says it could drive good officers away.
Posted In: Crime, Jobs

New blood pressure med OK'd

The FDA has approved Tekturna, the first new class of hypertension drug in a decade. Tekturna controls blood pressure for a full 24 hours, but will that edge be enough to compete in a mature market full of cheap generics?
Posted In: Health

Congress considers CEO pay

Proposed legislation would allow shareholders a non-binding vote on executive compensation, but some business groups argue that corporations are not a democracy.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

Venezuela's tax man pops Coke

Coca-Cola's operations in Venezuela will be forced to close for three days for allegedly breaking tax rules there, but it's unclear whether the shakeup is politically motivated.
Posted In: Canada

Paulson's back in China

Some in Congress are getting anxious about the Chinese currency situation, but that's just one of the things U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is in Shanghai to talk about, and change isn't likely to happen overnight.
Posted In: Canada, Washington