Marketplace AM for October 24, 2006

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Let's up the Social Security tax

Forget privatization. Writer and commentator Jim Carrier argues that the Social Security withholding tax should be boosted — and invested.

<a href="http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/frozenassets/frozenassets_napoli_panetta.html">Politics puts U.S. on Arctic sideline</a>

As polar ice melts, many nations are staking claim to Arctic resources &mdash; but not the U.S. Host Lisa Napoli talks to former presidential chief of staff Leon Panetta about consequences of our failure to ratify the UN's Law of the Sea treaty.
Posted In: Canada

Interest rate guessing game is back

The folks who pull the strings at the Federal Reserve meet today to consider interest rates. That means Wall Street investors will be getting back to one of their least-favorite pastimes. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Wal-Mart puts the brakes on

The world's largest retailer has announced a change of course. Wal-Mart has decided to slow expansion into new markets while it works to boost its bottom line. Sam Eaton reports.

Is the telecom merger bad for consumers?

The FCC is getting an earful from consumer advocates who say the proposed AT&T-Bell South merger is anti-competitive. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Go ahead and take the day off

Or at least take a long coffee break. A group that's trying to get work-crazed Americans to stop and smell the roses has declared today Take Back Your Time day. Diantha Parker reports.

Brits bullied at work

Bullying is rife in the British workplace, according to a new survey. It found that one in five UK workers suffers some form of harassment. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Telmex coming over the border

Mexican phone giant Telmex is expected today to announce the purchase of a group of Spanish-language phone directories based in the U.S. It could be a very smart move, Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Canada, Mexico

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