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Marketplace PM for November 2, 2005

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Could it be... a campaign finance loophole?

There are campaign finance laws governing how political ad money can be spent on TV, radio, etc. But what about online? As Scott Tong reports, the House took up Internet political spending today.

Pirates in the hole!

Hollywood, plagued by piracy, wants Congress to block something called "the analog hole." Tomorrow the House begins hearings. Kai Ryssdal asked Variety's Bill Tripplett: "What exactly IS the analog hole?"

Commercializing Ramadan

Muslims mark the end of Ramadan tomorrow. It's been a month filled with fasting, Koran reading, and spiritual reflection. But Ramadan has also become a retail bonanza. From Jerusalem, Hilary Krieger reports.

Living life on the half-shell

Signs of life in New Orleans are feeding a new sense of optimism that the city will come back. But there's always that nagging little problem... the devil is in the details. Sam Eaton checks back in with Sal, the oysterman.
Posted In: Food

Vertical integration vertigo

Warner Bros. will lay off about 5% of its movie and TV workforce due to slow DVD sales. Time Warner, meanwhile, saw third-quarter earnings rise 80%. But wait, there's more. Alisa Roth reports from New York.

The high cost of depression

Employers are becoming increasingly aware of the long-term productivity costs associated with employees' mental health issues. In response, Aetna has a new program aimed at treating employee depression. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

Google your prescriptions

The FDA wants all prescription drug labels available online, so patients and doctors can look them up for themselves. As Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, reaction to this new requirement is mixed.
Posted In: Health

Ditch the mortgage-interest deduction

A presidential panel plans to modify or eliminate a zillion tax deductions and credits, among them the sacred mortgage-interest deduction. Bring it on, says Marketplace commentator Robert Reich.