Marketplace for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Episode Description 

Powerhouses stumble on level field

Prestigious college football programs at Notre Dame, Michigan and UCLA have gotten off to rough starts this season with surprising losses to seemingly lesser schools. Our analyst Ed Derse says the business side of the sport might be adding a little parity to the game.
Posted In: Sports

Children's med plan has healthy support

President Bush called on Congress to extend the State Children's Health Insurance Program -- but with far less money than Congress wants to spend. John Dimsdale reports a big expansion in the program has significant support from the business community.
Posted In: Health

Opposition grows to 'pharma-crops'

The USDA has unveiled a new voluntary compliance program for companies that want to grow and test genetically modified crops for medicine. None have come to market yet, but the prospect is sowing seeds for a battle between two very powerful industries. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

Mexican cartels are a big U.S. business

Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S. bring in $23 billion a year, according to a government report due out tomorrow. That would rank them 97th on the Fortune 500 list. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Crime, Mexico

Nasdaq in deal with Dubai exchange

Nasdaq and the Dubai stock exchange have come to terms on an intricate deal to buy the Nordic OMX Exchange group. Marketplace's Stephen Beard discusses the details with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

A change of course and tone

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson let it be known today that the White House has decided to consider letting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac buy up jumbo loans, something it's been opposed to. And Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke added it better happen soon. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing, Wall Street, Washington

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