Marketplace for Friday, Feburary 29, 2008

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Farming politics, here and abroad

The clock is ticking on a compromise Farm Bill in Congress. Lawmakers might learn a lesson about the political power of agriculture from India, where poor farmers are getting a much-needed break. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

London losing financial bragging rights?

The City of London Corporation is worried it may be losing the upper hand to the former Colonies when it comes to international finance. But some say the fuss over top-dog status is all hype, an effort to relax government regulations. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, New York, Wall Street

CO2 fight hinges on pain at the pump

The E.P.A. recently struck down a law mandating tougher gas efficiency and emissions standards for cars sold in California. But with gas prices soaring, consumers may force Detroit's hand. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Auto

Foreign investors pulling out of U.S.

Overseas capital is increasingly headed elsewhere as the U.S. dollar continues to fall. Future credit will be more expensive, and Americans will have to increasingly rely on their savings. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings, Wall Street

Afghans fall prey to pyramid scheme

Crippled by decades of war, the government of Afghanistan has little or no power to stop illegal or questionable enterprises. Now a classic investment swindle has entagled thousands of Afghans hoping for a brighter future. Gregory Warner reports.
Posted In: Crime, Investing

Expecting the unexpected as president

Some pundits say fundraising success is the best indication of presidential character. Others say it's success in business, or time spent on Capitol Hill. But Dan Drezner thinks it's how well a president performs when blindsided by fate and history.

Un-conferencing: Leveraging face time

Silicon Valley is known for innovation and its sometimes unorthodox working environments. But a new trend has baffled correspondent Cash Peters: When is a conference not a conference? Apparently, when no one's in charge...
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

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Art of the Middle East
I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
The Shadows "Black Jack" 1. Apache 2 Wonder Land 3 Dance on 4 Peace Pipe 5 Man of Mistery 6 Fbi 7 the Stanger 8. Midnight 9 Kno-tiki 10 Sleepwalk 11. Shadoogie 12-guitar 13-mustang 14-the Frightened City 15- Perfidia 16 Atlantis 17-riders in the Sky 18- Chatta Nooga Choo Choo 19 Theme From the Young Lovers 20- Eronimo 21-deep From the Gunter (Cavatina)

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