Segments From this episode
Mattel's Barbie flagship store in Shanghai opened in March with ambitious hopes, but now even steep discounts can't push the merchandise off the shelves. Scott Tong explores why the brand isn't adapting to the local culture.
Federal officials have their eye on the Thomson Correctional Center in northwest Illinois as a new home for Guantanamo Bay detainees. Supporters laud the new jobs the move could create, while opponents fear for locals' safety. Joel Rose reports.
President Obama is expected to announce his Afghanistan strategy and send 30,000 more troops to the country. To pay for it, some Democrats in Congress have proposed a war surtax. Amy Scott reports.
Congress is taking another look at the government's workplace policies as it considers offering domestic partner benefits to federal employees. But the wording of some bills could leave room for fraud. Steve Henn reports.
Without sophisticated inventory tracking and market research, smaller stores have to rely on their intuition to stock for the holidays. Mitchell Hartman talks to some retailers in Portland, Ore.
Some positive developments have eased the Dubai World crisis and knocked down the amount the company wants to restructure. Steve Chiotakis gets the latest from European correspondent Stephen Beard.
Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 1, 2009