Marketplace PM for January 24, 2006
Tomorrow, Palestinians head to the polls to vote in national legislative elections. For the first time, the militant Islamic group Hamas is fielding its own candidates. As Hilary Krieger reports from Ramallah, if the group becomes a major political force, it could trigger political and economic fallout.
It's only natural that many participants in the Middle East conflict have reservations about Hamas' political gains. But giving Palestinians a chance to vote for Hamas candidates is worth the gamble, says writer and commentator Reza Aslan.
The marriage of convenience is alive and well for some young members of the US military. Their spouses receive health benefits while the service members receive additional pay and benefits. But the military's not so thrilled by the trend. Youth Radio's Sophie Simon-Ortiz has more.
First there was UPN and The WB. Now, there will be The CW. Today, the two struggling TV networks announced a merger. Tess Vigeland has the story.