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America's largest motorcycle company learned an object lesson in the trickle-down effects of a slowing economy. Its profits downshifted 26 percent in the 4th quarter. Danielle Karson reports.
A new report says union membership in the United States is up very slightly. Nobody's calling it a trend just yet, but Marketplace's Steve Tripoli found some interesting things in the numbers.
Fears of a recession seem to be solidifying aviation merger talk. Kai Ryssdal talks about the latest rumors with Marty Moylan, who covers the airline industry for Minnesota Public Radio.
Leaders of both parties in the House say they're on board with a proposed economic stimulus package worked out with the White House. Despite the bipartisan talk, there are plenty of potential short-circuits left. John Dimsdale reports.
The proposal for the $150 billion stimulus package has Washington basking in bipartisanship. But commentator Andrew Samwick says the pricetag for all that collegiality might be too high.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has announced his foundation is going to provide $360 million to small farmers in Africa and other parts of the developing world to help them work their way out of poverty. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Ever since the private-equity group Terra Firma bought troubled British recording giant EMI last summer, it's cut costs and 2,000 jobs. Some of its biggest stars have joined the exodus, too. Stephen Beard reports.