Marketplace Report for Monday, August 18, 2008

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Marketplace Report for Monday, August 18, 2008

Can't afford gas? Try a 'commuter bike'

One up side of high gas prices is that many people are choosing alternate and more environmentally friendly means of transportation. bicycling is on that list. Sean Cole reports on a bicycle hand made for commuters.
Posted In: Jobs

Campaign staffers and political ties

Sen. John McCain's been getting heat for having lobbyists on his campaign staff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's becoming difficult to avoid hiring experts with connections.

Lobbyists to party up convention VIPs

Lobbyists aren't dumb. When a political convention is in town, it's time to party -- and to promote their causes -- by inviting all the Congress people and other convention VIPs. Jeremy Hobson asks, is that allowed?

Furniture maker brings jobs back to U.S.

High gas prices aren't all bad. They've prompted furniture manufacturer Thomasville to localize manufacturing and give some Americans their jobs back. Dave DeWitt has more.

Mitsubishi raises bid for UnionBanCal

Mitsubishi Financial Group, Japan's largest bank, has raised its bid for California's second biggest bank. The deal could become the biggest takeover of a U.S. bank this year. Alisa Roth gets some prespective.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

Olympic TV ads are golden for NBC

NBC says the high ratings from the Beijing Olympics are proof that there's hope for TV networks. But will the success carry over once the games are over? Marketplace's Jeff Tyler has more.
Posted In: Entertainment

Freddie and Fannie back in the news

One report says Treasury officials are worried the mortgage giants won't survive without government help. Their true value of assets on their books is questoned too. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Housing, Travel, Wall Street

What happens now in Pakistan?

Pakistan is very important to American efforts to bring stability to Middle East economies, and President Pervez Musharraf's departure raises many concerns. Kai Ryssdal talks to an expert on Pakistan's economy.

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Outside Closer
Dance To The Underground
Radio 4
Tepid Peppermint Wonderland - A Retrospective
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (7" Mix)
Dead Or Alive

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