Marketplace PM for May 16, 2007

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How realistic is Congress' budget?

Congressional Democrats announced their 2008 budget plan, totalling $2.9 trillion. But is it worth the reams of paper it's written on? Budget watcher Maya McGuineas takes a look at the details with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: New York

Whether to invest or divest?

Some states are considering having their pension systems pull investments from companies doing business in Iran. Congress got into the act today, too. Steve Tripoli tells us who's saying what about divestment this time.
Posted In: Washington

Survey: Anti-fraud controls costing less

The Sarbanes-Oxley law that was intended to halt corporate financial fraud, has cost companies millions of dollars and lots of hassles. But a new survey reports last year those costs were down 23 percent. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

Sudan's underground conflict

Wars in Sudan have almost always been over scarce resources above ground. Gretchen Wilson reports there's a much quieter and more fundamental conflict developing for what may or may not lie beneath.
Posted In: Canada

Should America work on having more vacation?

A new study says the United States is the only advanced economy that doesn't require employers to offer paid vacations. Is that a bad thing? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Student loans on a graduated scale

Commentator Robert Reich says that by changing the rules on how student loans are paid off, more graduates could pursue their true callings and enrich their communities.

Men join Tupperware's party

More men are selling the famous plastic bowls and utensils. Sean Cole talked with one top seller who just couldn't contain <EM>his</EM> enthusiasm for the product.