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Lithium batteries are used in everything from cell phones to electric cars. Half of the world's reserves of the scarce metal can be found in Bolivia, and the country hopes to benefit from its popular resource. Annie Murphy reports.
While having health insurance is crucial, U.S. corporations are paying more for benefits than they're earning in profits. Commentator Matt Miller says it would be better to get insurance from our country than from our jobs.
Officials from the health care industry said they would do their part to bring down costs. But in return, they want a seat at the table in any talk of health-care reform. John Dimsdale reports.
Obama's new antitrust chief Christine Varney promised the administration would be tough on companies that violate anti-monopoly laws. This likely means more suits against big business. Jill Barshay reports.
Goldman Sachs agreed to spend about $50 million to write down loans for Goldman mortgage-holders in Massachusetts. But it may be unlikely that other states will reach similar settlements with the bank. Abigail Beshkin reports.
Congress has unveiled several measures to get the ball rolling on credit card reform, from age limits on cards to retroactive rates. But the banking industry is fighting back, and in many cases the lobbying effort is working. Steve Henn reports.
This week, The Wall Street Journal offered its readers a method of micro-payment for its online content. Tess Vigeland talks with Staci Kramer, co-editor of paidContent.org, about whether this idea works for online content universally.
Marketplace for Monday, May 11, 2009