Aug 2, 2006

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Dissatisfied with Medicare Part D

Aug 2, 2006
A new survey shows 70 percent of users are dissatisfied with the government's Medicare Part D program. Helen Palmer reports.

Rebuilding in Iraq hampered by waste, corruption

Aug 2, 2006
A government watchdog says widespread corruption and a lack of coordination is hampering reconstruction in Iraq. A Special Inspector General is set to testify today before a Senate committee. Amy Scott reports.

Palestinian struggle worsens

Aug 2, 2006
While the world's attention is focused on the crisis in Lebanon, Stephen Beard reports the economic situation in another troubled part of the Middle East is growing increasingly dire.

Bribes weaken China's defense budget

Aug 2, 2006
Chinese army inspectors have launched a campaign against corruption that's eating up about $36 billion from the country's growing defense budget this year. Jocelyn Ford reports.

Rolling Stones got their shelter

Aug 2, 2006
Details of the Rolling Stones' financial affairs have just been made public, and they reveal a shockingly low tax bill, Stephen Beard reports.

AOL to drop subscription fees

Aug 2, 2006
In what could be a preemptive strike to counter poor earnings out today, Time Warner plans to announce yet another turnaround plan for its troubled AOL unit. Amy Scott reports.

Every day should be a tax holiday

Aug 2, 2006
Commentator Robert Reich argues that most Americans would be better off if we abolished sales taxes in favor of progressive, graduated income taxes.

High-priced OJ

Aug 2, 2006
Orange juice futures hit a 15-year high yesterday. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks at why.

Big Three continue to shrink

Aug 2, 2006
US automakers are banking on the appeal of smaller SUV cross-over vehicles in an effort to avoid disappointing sales figures like those released yesterday. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Another wave of Cubans?

Aug 2, 2006
Cuba's government says Fidel Castro is in stable condition this morning, but if he dies, there could be another exodus of Cubans to Miami. Dan Grech takes a look at the economic impacts from past inflows of Cuban exiles.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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