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Marketplace PM for May 3, 2006

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Lobby reform losing teeth by the day

The House of Representatives is considering lobbying reforms today, but compared to what some critics are calling for, the House bill seems rather...lenient. Scott Tong tells us what was left out of the legislation.
Posted In: Washington

Three rolls of forever stamps please

The US Postal Service wants to raise the price of first-class stamps to 42 cents. But this time you might be able to hedge the rising cost of postage by purchasing "forever stamps." Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Economy

Lawyers, lobbyists wage search engine wars

Microsoft is trying to get ahead in the search engine business by leaving Google out of its new browser. Commentator Robert Reich says Google's fighting back, but not necessarily fighting fair.
Posted In: Science

Unlikely allies in immigration fight

The Minutemen vigilante group thinks it has found an ally in its anti-immigration campaign — the African-American community. Jeff Tyler looks at how this odd couple of politics is fighting back.

MasterCard IPO

MasterCard today set an estimated price for its IPO, expecting to raise almost $3 billion. That would make it the largest stock offering in US history. So what will MasterCard do with all that cash? Tess Vigeland reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

We get letters...

The mailbag is always open, and always full, here at Marketplace. Host Kai Ryssdal hears what our listeners have to say.

A creative prostitution solution

John Laurenson reports on how Germany is offering an interesting career change for its prostitutes — and how the country is dealing with an expected demand for prostitution during the upcoming World Cup.
Posted In: Canada, Sports

Congress still dancing around gas prices

The scramble to do something about gas prices continues on Capitol Hill but critics claim Congress is only tinkering at the edges of the real problems. John Dimsdale does a little history on gas price legislation — and fear of price gouging.
Posted In: Washington