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Marketplace for Monday, May 13, 2013

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Today begins our series "Beyond payday loans," a investigation in collaboration with Propublica that focuses on installment loans, a kind of loan that can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt for years. In Washington, D.C., 501(c)4 nonprofit groups are increasingly partisan lobbying machines on both the left and right. Who can get this tax-exempt status and what are the boundaries for political activism? Also, we track the life of a soybean -- sort of. A Supreme Court ruling protect Monsanto, which controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America.

In Bangladesh, workers react and protest

The Bangladesh government makes it easier for garment workers to join trade unions. But will that spark the change factor workers are hoping for?
Posted In: Bangladesh, clothing, manufacturing

Why is my bank offering me more cash back rewards?

Banks are desperate to get new business from stable, responsible borrowers. So they're amping up the credit card perks.
Posted In: Credit card, reward cards

Monsanto: The behemoth that controls 90 percent of soybean production

The Supreme Court ruling protects a company that controls 90 percent of the expanding soybean production in the U.S. and Latin America; what has followed from Monsanto’s dominance?
Posted In: Monsanto, soybeans, Agriculture, GMOS, genetically modified food

Are 501(c)4 nonprofit groups too partisan?

They’re called social-welfare organizations, but 501(c)4 nonprofit groups are increasingly partisan lobbying machines on both the left and right. Who can get this tax-exempt status?
Posted In: non-profit, lobbying, nonprofits

Upfront for TV networks: Build brands, loyalty

Television executives pitch advertisers on their new lineups this week in elaborate presentations called upfronts. But can the networks still compete with cable?
Posted In: Entertainment, television, upfronts

The problem behind the business of installment loans

World Finance of Greenville, S.C., rakes in half-a-billion dollars a year providing small loans to subprime borrowers. Thanks to an ever-deepening cycle of debt, business is good.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

Flying cars do exist -- but they're not exactly safe yet

The Maverick, as this flying car was called, hit a tree and crashed last week.
Posted In: flying car, future

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