Marketplace PM for November 30, 2005
In India, corruption is embedded into every aspect of daily life, especially for the poor. Studies show India's poor shell out illegal payments literally from birth to death. Miranda Kennedy tells us about one family's experience.
In Europe's biggest leveraged buyout, a group of private equity firms will pay $12 billion for Danish telecom company TDC. So what's so hot about a Scandinavian phone company? Alisa Roth has more from New York.
The economy posted its best quarterly showing in over a year. Consumers and businesses are still spending despite hurricanes and high energy prices. But as Hillary Wicai reports, not everyone is doing the happy numbers dance.
Consumer confidence has bounced back from hurricanes and high gas prices, but is still below pre-Katrina levels, and the holiday season looks dubious. What's the prognosis? Commentator Robert Reich puts it all in perspective.
In today's Iraq speech, the president rejected a timetable for troop withdrawal. Yet the Pentagon plans to shrink the force size after Iraq's December elections. We asked former Pentagon official and military analyst Dan Goure about the economic aftereffects of a troop drawdown.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the US military has been writing articles supportive of the war effort and submitting them, without attribution, to Iraqi media. We spoke with the Times' Borzou Daragahi from Baghdad.
Last fall, we reported on the opulent trips some legislators enjoyed on the tab of private interest groups. They're not the only ones; a new study shows that the executive branch is sharing in the perks. John Dimsdale reports.