Dec 12, 2006

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Swift's meat-plant employees questioned

Dec 12, 2006
U.S. immigration officials raided six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. today — surprising since Swift is in a voluntary pilot program aimed at rooting out undocumented workers. Dan Grech reports.

Democrats, protectionism's a bad idea

Dec 12, 2006
If Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson can't get trade concessions from the Chinese, the fear is the Democratic Congress might throw up barriers of its own. But commentator Bruce Stokes says it's not quite that simple.

Who really cares?

Dec 12, 2006
Individual donors are the primary supporters of U.S. charities. But who's doing the giving might surprise you. Prof. Arthur Brooks, author of a new book called "Who Really Cares," talks with Kai Ryssdal.

For Best Buy, discounts aren't the best deal

Dec 12, 2006
Best Buy's third-quarter profits were up 9 percent in the third quarter and it's selling more. Trouble is, the country's largest electronics retailer is selling more at a discount. Lisa Napoli reports.

New Yorkers are at a tipping point

Dec 12, 2006
Among all the people on New Yorkers' lists this holiday season are the people to tip. And Trey Kay reports it doesn't really matter whether those people have been naughty or nice.

Are Bernanke & Co. thinking lower rates?

Dec 12, 2006
No real surprises came from the Fed today. The question now is when it might start to lower interest rates again. The answer may lie in the bond markets. Amy Scott reports.

Mexico's housing market is on the rise

Dec 12, 2006
America's housing market may be slumping but across the border in Mexico houses are going up in record numbers. The folks fueling the market have one foot in each country and benefit from new credit opportunities. Laura Belous reports.