Marketplace PM for September 25, 2006
A federal judge has granted class action status to just about anyone who's bought "light" cigarettes since the early '70s. Tens of millions of smokers could seek as much as $200 billion from tobacco companies. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
The Army has sent up an unprecedented flare over spending in Iraq. Its top officer deliberately withheld a required 2008 budget plan — and it's getting a lot of attention in Washington, Hillary Wicai reports.
As Republican candidates talk up falling gas prices, a USA Today poll finds 42% of respondents believe the Bush administration "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline" heading into fall elections. Bob Moon reports.
More than $300 billion is spent on advertising every year, with about a third of it considered wasted. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to author Rex Briggs about the secrets of today's advertising world.
Commentator and humorist Sandra Tsing Loh argues that the essence of big-box shopping is community-building of a different stripe.