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Taxpayers, IRS caught in AMT jam

Tess Vigeland | Dec 13, 2007
Congress and the White House are still trying to come to terms on a deal to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax. Both taxpayers and the IRS are caught in the middle. Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland talks with Kai Ryssdal about problems ahead.

New rules proposed for 401(k)s

Jeremy Hobson | Dec 13, 2007
About 50 million of us contribute to 401(k)s. But returns can vary widely, in part because of the fees we pay to plan administrators. Today the Labor Department proposed some new rules. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Spending bills stall with slim majority

Jill Barshay | Dec 13, 2007
The federal fiscal year started more than two months ago but Congress still hasn't passed 11 of the 12 spending bills to fund the government. And that's not the only economic legislation that's going nowhere. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Washington

Baseball's full of cheaters

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 13, 2007
Former Senator George Mitchell's report on illegal drug use in Major League Baseball was released today. Every team in the league had either a player or former player on the list. Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes magazine talked about the report with Kai Ryssdal.

Why aren't energy, food in inflation rate?

John Dimsdale | Dec 13, 2007
The Labor Department today said that wholesale inflation was at 3.4 percent -- the biggest jump since the Vietnam era. But then the guys with the green eye shades came along with a much lower "core rate" that's minus food and energy costs. Why? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

A Trip to France

Chris Farrell | Dec 13, 2007
Question: My wife and I are planning on going to France next summer and have been saving money for the trip. But the exchange rate is making our...

Film right to Web? It takes a Jackass

Jeremy Hobson | Dec 13, 2007
Paramount is skipping theaters and sending Jackass 2.5 straight to the Web. With the low overhead of the new business model, some Hollywood execs wonder if this is the way of the future for films. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

The Cockroach Theory of Finance At Work

Chris Farrell | Dec 13, 2007
Banks are 'fessing up. Here's Bank of America chief executive officer Ken Lewis: "A number of participants--including Bank of America--have...

E.U. and central banks team up for fix

| Dec 13, 2007
While European leaders sign a landmark treaty in Lisbon to create a long-term E.U. president, the union is also teaming up with central banks to lend $110 billion to world money lenders. Megan Williams reports.
Posted In: Economy

It's not a mall, it's a lifestyle

| Dec 13, 2007
For those who are heartbroken to leave the mall, there's another option: an apartment complex with stores built right in. Joal Ryan has more on a growing number of "lifestyle centers" designed to go beyond just shopping.
Posted In: Retail