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Marketplace PM for September 27, 2005

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Housing numbers seesaw

Today the Commerce Department said sales of new homes fell almost 10% percent, although yesterday's existing home sales were rosy. Ashley Milne-Tyte is back on the housing case.

Iran's battle of diplomacy

Iran is turning to nuclear power for what it claims will be a peaceful domestic energy industry. The US and the EU are skeptical, and have threatened economic sanctions. From Teheran, Roxana Saberi reports.
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Change to Win gets going

The 7 unions that recently broke away from the AFL-CIO gathered today in St. Louis to establish a new federation. Delegates ratified a constitution and picked Anna Burger to run the new organization. John Dimsdale is there.

What's FEMA up to?

The Washington Post reported today that FEMA will be reimbursing religious groups for their recovery work. We got the whole story from Southern Baptists' Rev. Robert Reccord and Stacy Palmer of the Chroncicle of Philanthropy.

Recruiting Mexican workers

Some companies aren't waiting for Washington to figure out how to bring wokers into the states. Carole King has the story of the very legal H2 visa.

What you say, what you say

You write about Robert Reich's commentary last week on FEMA's bidding process. And about prefabricated housing.

Poverty: starting at the bottom

In a special series of commentaries this week, we'll ask two questions: Does poverty serve anyone's interests? If so, whose? Marcellus Andrews says poverty serves needs usually kept out of sight.