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Marketplace PM for June 29, 2005

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Easygoing Canada talks tough

Today the Canadian Health Minister said, in a nice way, that his country should block bulk drug sales — meaning to American states and municipalities that have been indicating interest. Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH.

PBS dodges a bullet, but can it sustain the dance?

Last week the House changed its plan for proposed cuts to federal funding for public broadcasting, after public oppostion. Most funding was restored. In a report produced with support from the <a href="http://www.economist.com">Economist Magazine</a>, Marketplace's Nate DiMeo takes a look at the changes and challenges facing public TV.<P>In the interest of full disclosure, our parent company, American Public Media, would have been affected by the cuts.

The public's business: comparing salaries

The Commerce Department's report on personal income and consumer spending, due out tomorrow, is thought of as a pretty good gauge of how wokers are feeling. But Marketplace commentator Robert Reich says all workers &#151; and all salaries &#151; are not created equal.

Who cares if CNOOC buys Unocal?

Some Republican lawmakers do. They're calling on the White House to consider the national-security implications of the proposed Unocal sale to Chinese oil company CNOOC. From Washington, Jessica Smith has the story of CNOOC's plan to win the hearts of Americans.