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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

General Motors' Failed Project

Michael Salerno of Paramus, New Jersey opened his Saturn franchise in 1991, when General Motors launched the experimental Saturn brand in effort compete with small Japanese cars.

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Reporter's Notebook- The Cars of Dubai

New York Times correspondent Robert F. Worth reports from Dubai where luxury cars -- once the treasured spoils of economic success -- are now being sold at auction as foreign workers lose their jobs.

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Spending to Save the Economy

Daniel Henninger says Barack Obama wants to stimulate the economy through spending, even though spending is what brought on the current economic crisis.

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Bloggingheads- Bank Nationalization

Jesse Eisinger, left, and Felix Salmon, both of Portfolio, debate whether bank nationalization is politically possible.

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Mossberg- Unigo Gives Real and Reliable College Reviews

WSJ's Walt Mossberg takes a look at Unigo, a new Web site that helps students choose colleges. He says the site, which provides college reviews by college students, is a good project, but should expand its coverage as well as reach out directly to parents.

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Will Congressional Representation for D.C. Come to Pass?

Our nation's capital may finally win a vote in Congress, which advocates have been pursuing for years. WSJ's Timothy J. Alberta reports.

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Stimulus Plan Not Very Stimulating

Barron's Steven Sears says that Wall Street is cutting ties to Washington. Keep your cash. Faith in Washington is faltering over the stimulus plan.

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No Bailout for Some Homeowners

WSJ's Nick Timiraos talks to Kelsey Hubbard about the $75 billion being spent to help the housing sector. Timiraos explains who the money will benefit -- and who will be left out.

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$75 Billion Plan to Fight Foreclosures

President Obama pledged on Wednesday to help as many as 9 million American homeowners refinance their mortgages or avert foreclosure.

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Fine Wine on a Beer Budget

Americans are buying less expensive wines to save money in the recession. Wine-shop owner Howard Silverman recommends some of his favorites. WSJ's David Kesmodel reports.

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Bio-Fuel Plant Looks to World Stage

Verenium Corp. has built the world's largest cellulosic ethanol bio refinery. The hope: To turn plants into liquid fuel on a commercial-scale. WSJ's Russell Gold reports.

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Oil Town Faces Bust

A northern frontier town in Canada that boomed when oil prices surged last year is struggling with high real estate inventory, and a commodity with reduced value. WSJ's Christopher Rhoads reports.

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Financial Crisis Strains Relationships

Some couples are navigating new waters as the economic turmoil forces them to switch the role of breadwinner. MarketWatch Columnist Jennifer Openshaw offers a few tips on how to ease relationship stress in difficult financial times. (Feb. 18)

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A Case for Chrysler, GM and Ford

Chrysler, GM and Ford are looking for hefty sums to get through the economic recession. But why should they receive government aid? WSJ reporter John Stoll lays out the companies' arguments.

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205th Wealthiest American Charged with Fraud

Allen Stanford was charged by the SEC for an $8 billion fraud. WSJ's Kelsey Hubbard talks with Mike Allen about the alleged fraud that centers on a certificate of deposit program.

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Obama Beware- Protectionism Rears Head in Canada

Dow Jones Newswires' Simon Constable and radio show host John Batchelor discuss the "Buy Canada" campaign and how it's part of a growing trend in protectionism.

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Heard on the Street- China Hoards Commodities

China is buying more and more commodities. The most recent example: a $25 billion deal for Russian oil. Join Dow Jones Newswires' Simon Constable and WSJ's Liam Denning for some searing insight.

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Sports Agent to the Stars Talks About Truth

David Falk, author of "The Bald Truth" and former agent for many A-list athletes, talks to MarketWatch's Jon Friedman about what his career has taught him. (Feb. 18)

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A Grim Forecast for Eastern European Market

Is Eastern Europe on the brink of economic collapse? WSJ's Nik Deogun and Joanna Slater discuss the reasons for worry amid the slump in Eastern European currency.

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President Obama's Housing Plan

President Obama's Housing Plan

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Stocks Today- S&P 500 Falls to 800-Point Mark

Barron's Bob O'Brien talks about the S&P 500 hitting lows not seen since November 20th of this year, as the earlier stock rally evaporates leaving stocks to post losses in five of the last six weeks.

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Security Situation in Afghanistan Deteriorating

Afghan and U.K. troops participated in "Operation Diesel", raiding four factories in the province of Helmand in Afghanistan, recovering 1,300 kilos of opium, weapons and ammo, and bomb making materials. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Daily Baggage- Feb. 18

The Bagger arrives in Los Angeles to cover the Oscars.

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Tax Implications of the Madoff Scandal

Investors who lost millions in the Bernie Madoff scheme paid taxes on the money they lost. WSJ tax columnist Tom Herman talks with Kelsey Hubbard about how they should handle those losses on their tax returns.

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Morning Show Roundup 2/18/09

Morning Show Roundup 2/18/09

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Morning Show Roundup 2/18/09

Morning Show Roundup 2/18/09

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GM's Wagoner on Plan to Seek Larger Bailout

General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner details the auto maker's restructuring plan submitted to the U.S. Treasury in its bid for additional bailout funds.

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Market Takes a Nosedive, But You Get a Do-Over

Dow Jones Newswires' Simon Constable hears from WSJ's Brett Arends on why the recent pullback in stocks presents a time to re-balance asset classes. Plus, why it? important to avoid treasury bonds right now.

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MarketWatch Hot Stocks- Financials

Financials stocks get a boost Wednesday from bond insurer MBIA, which said it's splitting its municipal-bond insurance business off from its business insuring troubled structured-finance products. MarketWatch's Greg Morcroft reports. (Feb. 18)

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Israel Strikes Gaza Tunnels

Seven tunnels and one other target are hit in Gaza overnight. The Israeli army said the attack was a response to a round of mortar fire into Israel from Gaza and aimed at tunnels used to smuggle arms into Gaza. Video courtesy of Reuters.

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Barry Bonds in Court, A-Rod in Apology

A stark contrast between two baseball superstars tainted by steroid allegations. Video courtesy of Fox News.

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Can Auto Executives Do the Job?

Clarke Murphy of Russell Reynolds Associates discusses the future of leadership in the U.S. automobile industry. Kelsey Hubbard reports. (Feb. 18)

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Politico Playback 2/18/09

Politico Playback 2/18/09

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Helping Egypt's growing population of street children

Egypt is seeing growing numbers of children living rough in the streets. One NGO has turned a van into a mobile medical centre to try to provide some support for youngsters who have nowhere else to turn.

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Helping out Lebanon's landmine victims

Southern Lebanon is littered with unexploded mines, the relics of years of conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. One aid group works with survivors of mine accidents to get their lives, and livelihoods, back.

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A Look At Obama's Housing Plan

Jack Hough, Columnist for SmartMoney.com, examines President Obama's housing plan and discusses what it will do for Americans who are facing home foreclosure.

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NY Post Cartoon Called Racist

Rev. Al Sharpton and many others are strongly condemning a recent New York Post cartoon which linked the recent killing of a chimpanzee to Pres. Obama s stimulus package. WCBS Marcia Kramer reports.

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Burris Says He'll Talk, but Not to Reporters

Illinois Senator Roland Burris is promising to fully co-operate with a new investigation into his contacts with the administration of now-ousted governor Rod Blagojevich. (Feb. 18)

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Obama Unveils $75 Billion Mortgage Relief Plan

President Barack Obama unveiled his $75 billion mortgage relief plan, a series of measures the president says will keep 9 million people from losing their jobs. The AP's Julie Pace breaks down the plan.(Feb. 18)

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Durbin- Senate Investigating Burris Appointment

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he believes the testimony Roland Burris gave to Illinois lawmakers about his appointment to the U.S. Senate was incomplete and a preliminary Senate ethics investigation under way. (Feb. 18)

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Santa Monica's Disputed Steps

Exercise aficionados flock to the Santa Monica steps leading down to the beach. They say it's their right, but local residents say there's too many people working out. Ben Tracy reports

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Not-So-Golden State

California is facing a massive $41.6 billion deficit, as state legislators have failed to successfully pass a budget. But as Bill Whitaker reports, the Golden State is not the only state hurting.

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Heart Stents In Question

Over 900,000 heart stent surgeries are performed in the U.S. every year. While it can save lives, Dr. Jon LaPook reports that this procedure is very expensive and sometimes unnecessary.

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Obama's $75B Mortgage Plan

President Obama has unveiled a $75 billion rescue plan to help homeowners who face foreclosure or whose houses are worth less than their mortgages. Chip Reid reports from Phoenix, Ariz.

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Alleged Fraudster Missing

Officials are now investigating R. Allen Stanford, a prominent Texas financier now missing, who is accused of swindling investors, politicians and organizations out of billions. Bob Orr reports.

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New Flight 3407 Details

It is unclear what happened in the final moments before Continental Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, N.Y. But, as Jeff Glor reports, evidence suggests that pilot error may have played a role.

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Kissing a border monument goodbye

People from both sides of the border come to ?Friendship Park ?monument on the beach at the US-Mexico border to embrace relatives who cannot cross the frontier. But smooching through the loosely built fence will soon be a thing of the past, since the US government will be removing it in order to extend the massive wall dividing the two countries.

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Mortgage Whistleblower

World Savings whistleblower Paul Bishop spoke with Harry Smith about when he first noticed the company was taking on unstable loans.

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MoneyWatch

Investors remain nervous about the bank bailout, and some Wall Street firms are halting foreclosures until President Obama announces his new mortgage relief program, reports Karen Brown.

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New Pill Could Fight Phobias

European researches say a new pill designed to regulate blood pressure could help millions who suffer from phobias or post-traumatic stress disorder, Drew Levinson reports.

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McKiernan on Afghan Troops

McKiernan on Afghan Troops

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Burris- "Stop the rush to judgment"

Burris at the City Club of Chicago...

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President Obama's Housing Plan

President Obama's Housing Plan

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Small Town's Healthcare Reform

Residents and officials in the coastal Oregon town of Dune City are fed up with the current state of the health care industry, and now they are taking action. KVAL's Tom Adams reports.

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Houston's Transgendered Cop

After serving nearly 30 years in the Houston Police Department, veteran Sgt. Oliver announced that he was becoming a she. KHOU's Ron Trevino reports on Oliver's transition.

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Jeter Reacts To A-Rod

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter reacted to teammate New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter reacted to teammate Alex Rodriguez's admission to using a banned substance while playing for the Texas Rangers from 2001-2003.

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Russia launches major gas project on Sakhalin

Japanese and Russian leaders inaugurated Russia's first liquified natural gas plant on Sakhalin Island on Wednesday, a massive project that will supply Japan with millions of tonnes of gas annually.

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'Fat' Cookbook Recipes

Brian Wansink helped conduct a Cornell University study showing how portions and ingredients in our favorite recipes have changed over time, making people fatter. He explains to Julie Chen.

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411 On Octuplets' Father

CBS Exclusive: Maggie Rodriguez spoke with Angela Suleman, the grandmother of the now-famous octuplets about the children's biological father and plastic surgery rumors surrounding her daughter.

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Will Foreclosure Risks End?

The Obama plan includes tools to modify existing bad loans, reports Bill Plante, but economist Mark Zandi tells Harry Smith there may not be enough money to end foreclosures.

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Chimp Attack 911 Tapes

Officials released the frantic 911 tapes from the Connecticut chimp attack. The owner is heard pleading for police to shoot her pet chimp while he attacked her close friend. Julie Chen reports.

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Guinea junta chief outlines transition steps

Representatives from the international community are calling for a short transition to civilian rule in Guinea, where a military junta took over in December. Captain Moussa Dadis Camara has said he wants to see elections but has not yet set a date.

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N.Y. Man Beheads Wife

A Pakistani man from Orchard Park, N.Y. is accused of beheading his wife. There is speculation it may be an "honor killing." Michelle Gielan reports.

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France calls for calm after man dies in Guadeloupe troubles

The French government has appealed for calm in Guadeloupe after a night of violence and looting in which one man was shot dead.

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Civilian casualties mount in Sri Lanka's conflict

Sri Lanka's government on Wednesday rejected fresh calls for a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels. As civilian casulties mount, aid organisations warn of a humanitarian catastrophe.

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Afghans give cautious welcome to extra US troops

Afghan officials have welcomed President Obama's decision to send 17,000 more soldiers to fight a Taliban-led insurgency -- but ordinary people are more sceptical.

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J4 Singing Face Off Finalists

Jedidiah, Jessi, Josiah and Josephine Smith get a shot at a CBS recording contract as the singing family "J4," finalists in "The Early Show" Singing Family Face Off. Dave Price reports.

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Easy Chic Sophisticated Hair

In the series Red Carpet Confidential, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson showed Maggie Rodriguez how to style your hair for a chic and sophisticated overall look.

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Sasha, Malia Need A Stimulus?

It was revealed that President Obama's daughters receive $1 a week in allowance. Harry Smith discussed allowances with Kiplinger's Magazine's Janet Bodnar.

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Afghans cautious over US troop increase

Afghan officials have welcomed US President Barack Obama's decision to send 17,000 more soldiers to fight a Taliban-led insurgency but ordinary people fear that more troops could in fact mean less security for civilians.

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Mia's Miracle Transformation

Harry Smith spoke with Mia Behrens and her adoptive mother about her transformation from an abused and unstable infant to a happy teenage college student.

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Arctic Explorers & Science

Only On The Web: The Catlin Arctic Survey is a group of polar explorers teaming up with scientists to answer tough questions concerning the Earth's Arctic ice cap.

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Chimp Attack 911 Call

CBS News RAW: Chilling 911 tapes have been released in connection with a chimpanzee attack in Conn. that's left one woman in critical condition.

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