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As companies announced second-quarter earnings today, you had to listen close for much mention of the United States. The state of the dollar has many firms focused on success in foreign markets. Jeremy Hobson reports.
New York is reportedly considering securities fraud charges against UBS. The bank and other lenders have faced criticism and legal action over their sale of auction-rate securities. Amy Scott reports.
The housing bill appears on its way to becoming law. Host Kai Ryssdal asks Nic Retsinas of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies what impact the bill will have on the housing market.
Is it more important for a program to be market-oriented or just to appear that way? Commentator David Frum argues that recent proposals in Washington have been heavy on appearance and lacking on true market appeal.
Biodiesel and ethanol were once touted as cheap, eco-friendly options, but between rising prices and their impact on the cost of food, these alternative fuels are losing their good reputation. Tom Banse reports.
As the clock runs down on the Bush administration, political appointees at the Department of Labor are rushing to make it tougher to regulate on-the-job exposure to certain chemicals. Sam Eaton reports.