Marketplace PM for June 15, 2007

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A lobbyist for president?

Former U.S. senator and actor Fred Thompson is expected to join the presidential race. If he does, commentator Jeff Birnbaum says voters should keep his work experience in mind.

Text rumors prove costly in China

The Chinese have enthusiastically embraced text messaging. However, they recently discovered its power to spread disinformation -- sometimes with economically disastrous results. Scott Tong reports.

Ethanol growth pushes up food prices

Washington's drive to develop energy alternatives is chewing up commodities like corn that we'd otherwise be feeding ourselves. And that's raising grocery prices. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Retail, Washington

Private-equity could see a tax hike

Some lawmakers are moving to make sure one of the world's biggest private-equity firms can't take advantage of tax laws by becoming a publicly-traded company. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Wall Street, Washington

Palestinian strife: 'It just gets worse'

The battles between the Palestinian Fatah and Hamas political parties in Gaza has devastated the economy of the region. We talked with Yousef Douad, professor of economics at Birzeit University, about the impacts on daily life.

Can parks preserve quality service?

The National Park Service is relying increasingly on volunteers to staff its facilities. But some park service employees are complaining that the quality of service is suffering -- and so is morale. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Washington

Week on Wall Street

Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson discusses with host Bob Moon what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

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