Marketplace PM for April 27, 2006
Despite plenty of evidence that the economy is strong, layoffs have become a fact of life for American workers. Writer Louis Uchitelle tells host Kai Ryssdal how American companies became addicted to layoffs.
One way the FCC monitors content on public airwaves is fielding complaints from listeners and viewers. But while many are genuine, a lot of complaints are actually generated by fake grassroots campaigns attempting to influence decision makers. Jeff Tyler reports.
As the public grows more uneasy about rising gasoline prices, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to out-press conference each other and minimize the political damage. Will it do you any good at the pump? Hillary Wicai reports.
The US military has a payroll problem. Turns out that some injured soldiers have gotten overpaid, and then received debt collection notices from the government months later. Scott Tong reports.
House Republicans abruptly yanked a lobbying and ethics bill off the floor today. Democrats say the bill isn't going to do much to end abuses anyway. Writer and commentator Jeff Birnbaum has low expectations for reform on the Hill.