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Friday, November 7, 2008

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  • Investors Fear Dreaded Margin Call
    Every investor dreads margin calls. It's what happens when people borrow heavily against their assets and then see their value plummet, forcing them to sell part of their holdings to pay their lenders. When the market plunged in October, a lot of corporate executives lost chunks of their fortunes to margin calls. But the impact on the economy as a whole is even more devastating.
  • Why Haven't Credit Problems Been Resolved?
    The government's Troubled Asset Relief Program — known as TARP — was designed to thaw the frozen credit markets by, among other things, buying up financial firms' "toxic assets." The Treasury Department says it has given $155 billion to eight banks so far, which has helped them increase short-term lending. But the department hasn't yet started to buy up problematic mortgage-backed securities.
  • Reading Sarah Palin's Tea Leaves
    It was 10 weeks ago Friday that most Americans first heard the name Sarah Palin. Now, she's a household name. Michael Carey, editorial page editor for the Anchorage Daily News, talks with Renee Montagne about the Republican vice presidential candidate's political future.
  • In 'Stranded,' Survival As A Team Effort
    In 1972, a plane carrying a Uruguayan rugby team crashed in the Andes. Of the 45 members, 16 survived — on grit, resolve and the flesh of their dead companions. For the first time, they tell their own story.
  • Schwarzenegger Risks Contempt On Prison Reform
    A federal judge in California is threatening to start contempt of court hearings against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the state controller on Friday for not turning over millions of dollars to improve prison health care in the cash-strapped state.
  • Latino Voters Defy Pundits, Vote For Obama
    Latino voters were a crucial demographic that helped Barack Obama win the White House. Luis Clemens, a journalist who covers Hispanic politics, tells Renee Montagne that the bad economy influenced Latinos more than other demographics to vote for Obama.
  • Will Young Voters Keep Voting?
    Young voters were everywhere in the Obama campaign. But did young people really turn out to vote in significant numbers? Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote, tells Renee Montagne that young voters turned out in record numbers, voting for Obama about 2-1 over John McCain.
  • Is Black America Ready For A Black President?
    Now that Barack Obama has been elected the nation's first African-American president, what does that mean for the previous African-American power structure? Some older black leaders, like Jesse Jackson, did not welcome Obama with open arms in the campaign.
  • Detroit's Big Three Want Big Bucks
    Executives from Detroit's Big Three car companies met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday to ask for billions of dollars to help rescue the ailing industry. The request comes amid the worst auto sales in a quarter-century. It's unclear whether Ford, GM and Chrysler will get the answers they want.
  • Bankers, IMF Battle Financial Crisis
    The economic crisis is still keeping financial officials around the world occupied. The European Central Bank on Thursday slashed interest rates, in the hopes of keeping money flowing. And the International Monetary Fund approved loans to Hungary and Ukraine.

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