Marketplace PM for February 9, 2005

Episode Description 

Is public campaign financing worth keeping?

The Federal Elections Commission wants Congress to adjust the rules to encourage candidates to accept public financing. But won't that just mean more money? Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

Starbucks expands menu

You stop into your local Starbucks to pick up a coffee -- and maybe a muffin. But soon, when you walk into the chain outlet you'll find a whole host of retail options: music CD's, salads, and fresh-made sandwiches. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

Commentary: The Demographic Bulge

Commentator Robert Reich tells us why he thinks the President is lying about the crisis in Social Security.

Possible Fiat-GM merger

Host David Brown talks to New York Times transportation reporter Micheline Maynard about some interesting merger news in the automotive industry.

Chinese Idol

Reality TV may be cooling off in this country. But in China, the cultural phenomenon of American Idol is just starting to heat up. Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing.

National ID cards standards

The House begins debating national identification card rules. But Marketplace's Scott Tong reports that state lawmakers say it's just another unfunded mandate.

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