Marketplace AM for May 19, 2006

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New Orleans picks a mayor this Saturday

Ahead of this weekend's mayoral election in New Orleans, Sam Eaton looks at the politics — and whether a victory by either candidate will matter much to the pace of reconstruction in the Crescent City.

Upfronts lose advertisers

Daily Variety editor Michael Speier talks to host Mark Austin Thomas about why advertisers so far are reluctant to sponsor the network's new fall TV shows.

Putting lawyers on the defensive

Federal prosecutors yesterday indicted a prominent law firm that's been the driving force behind shareholder lawsuits against dozens of corporations. So can corporate America breathe a sigh of relief? Alisa Roth reports.

Few advantages with Fannie and Freddie

They're supposed to promote home ownership through more affordable mortgages, but a Fed economist says government-sponsored lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are lining shareholder pockets instead. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Three Gorges Dam

The last piece of concrete on the main wall of the world's largest dam is expected to be put in place this weekend. Jocelyn Ford reports on the economic expectations surrounding China's Three Gorges Dam.

Dealing with the budget deficit

Rob Portman's nomination to head the Office of Management and Budget is expected to clear a Senate oversight committee today, but many remain uneasy over his strategy to reduce the budget deficit. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Plenty to talk about at NRA meeting

As the National Rifle Association prepares to open its annual meeting in Milwaukee today, Dan Grech takes a look at the current state of the gun industry.

Exclusive returns on Brangelina baby

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have agreed to sell exclusive rights to publish photos of their baby for $5 million. Lisa Napoli looks at what the magazine landing the exclusive gets in return.

GameStop grows

The nation's No. 1 video game retailer posted double-digit earnings growth yesterday at a time when videogame makers are seeing revenue losses. What gives? Ethan Lindsey reports.

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