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Aug 18, 2008

Marketplace Report for Monday, August 18, 2008

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Marketplace Report for Monday, August 18, 2008

Segments From this episode

What happens now in Pakistan?

Aug 18, 2008
Pakistan is very important to American efforts to bring stability to Middle East economies, and President Pervez Musharraf's departure raises many concerns. Kai Ryssdal talks to an expert on Pakistan's economy.

Freddie and Fannie back in the news

Aug 18, 2008
One report says Treasury officials are worried the mortgage giants won't survive without government help. Their true value of assets on their books is questoned too. Steve Henn reports.

Olympic TV ads are golden for NBC

Aug 18, 2008
NBC says the high ratings from the Beijing Olympics are proof that there's hope for TV networks. But will the success carry over once the games are over? Marketplace's Jeff Tyler has more.

Mitsubishi raises bid for UnionBanCal

Aug 18, 2008
Mitsubishi Financial Group, Japan's largest bank, has raised its bid for California's second biggest bank. The deal could become the biggest takeover of a U.S. bank this year. Alisa Roth gets some prespective.

Furniture maker brings jobs back to U.S.

Aug 18, 2008
High gas prices aren't all bad. They've prompted furniture manufacturer Thomasville to localize manufacturing and give some Americans their jobs back. Dave DeWitt has more.

Lobbyists to party up convention VIPs

Aug 18, 2008
Lobbyists aren't dumb. When a political convention is in town, it's time to party -- and to promote their causes -- by inviting all the Congress people and other convention VIPs. Jeremy Hobson asks, is that allowed?

Campaign staffers and political ties

Aug 18, 2008
Sen. John McCain's been getting heat for having lobbyists on his campaign staff. But commentator Jeff Birnbaum says it's becoming difficult to avoid hiring experts with connections.

Can't afford gas? Try a 'commuter bike'

Aug 18, 2008
One up side of high gas prices is that many people are choosing alternate and more environmentally friendly means of transportation. bicycling is on that list. Sean Cole reports on a bicycle hand made for commuters.

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