Marketplace PM for November 18, 2005

Episode Description 

One step forward, two steps back?

In today's early morning hours, Congress managed to push the federal budget rock a forward a bit. The House narrowly passed budget cuts while the Senate trimmed taxes. The net effect on the deficit? Hillary Wicai reports.

Keeping track of Washington's pennies

Whose unenviable job is it to keep track of what the government is doing with its money? His name is David Walker, and Kai Ryssdal asked him to explain how things are going, fiscally speaking.

Grim holiday greetings from GM?

The Detroit News reports that GM, whose shares hit new lows this week, will announce a series of plant closures before Thanksgiving. Word is, they could eliminate at least 25,000 jobs. Alisa Roth has more.

It's a dangerous world we live in...

Here we go again. A New York woman is suing Dunkin' Donuts, saying she suffered second- and third-degree burns when her coffee tray fell over. And she's asking for $15 million. Amy Scott reports.

Drug battle in D.C.

The drug industry is suing Washington, D.C. over a city law that caps prescription drug prices. The city is trying to cut down on the amount it spends annually on drugs for uninsured residents. Stuart Cohen reports.
Posted In: Canada, Health, New York, Science

David Johnson

Kai Ryssdal reviewed the week's news with David Johnson. Hear all about it, from AT&T's demise to David's holiday gift giving plans...
Posted In: Wall Street

What ever happened to not insulting your host?

The president, who lands in China tomorrow, criticized the Chinese government in a speech on Wednesday. Kai Ryssdal asked Beijing bureau chief Jocelyn Ford about the speech... and the Chinese response to it.

A few plain words about sacrifice

Commentator Chris Wiseman says that when it comes to the expectations we have about the Gulf Coast's recovery, Congress and the president are leaving out something important that we need to hear.

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