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IRA Bank Raid

Feb 10, 2005
Northern Ireland's ceasefire watchdog agency has announced that a $50 million December bank robbery was carried out by Irish Republican Army guerrillas. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that some critics see the robbery as an indication that the IRA's normal channels of financing have dried up.

Indecency fines

Feb 10, 2005
Broadcasters may have to pay $500,000 the next time they air material considered to be indecent. A House committee approved raising the fines for indecent broadcasts yesterday and the new laws would also institute a "three-strikes" rule. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports that means the FCC would be required to look into revoking the license of TV or radio stations that are fined three times.

Reviewing the federal budget

Feb 10, 2005
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell takes a closer look at the President's $2.5 trillion budget proposal.

Taxing the Internet

Feb 10, 2005
Political leaders are looking for ways to raise more money for the government, again. And once more, taxing the Internet has come up as an option. As Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports, the latest scheme is based on a law that's been on the books for more than 100 years. We then hear from commentator Matt Miller, who argues it's not spending that's driving up the deficit.

NHL Strike update

Feb 10, 2005
Morning Report host Tess Vigeland and David Carter take a look at the disastrous NHL non-season and the prospects for the future.

National ID cards standards

Feb 9, 2005
The House begins debating national identification card rules. But Marketplace's Scott Tong reports that state lawmakers say it's just another unfunded mandate.

Is public campaign financing worth keeping?

Feb 9, 2005
The Federal Elections Commission wants Congress to adjust the rules to encourage candidates to accept public financing. But won't that just mean more money? Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.

Starbucks expands menu

Feb 9, 2005
You stop into your local Starbucks to pick up a coffee -- and maybe a muffin. But soon, when you walk into the chain outlet you'll find a whole host of retail options: music CD's, salads, and fresh-made sandwiches. Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports.

Commentary: The Demographic Bulge

Feb 9, 2005
Commentator Robert Reich tells us why he thinks the President is lying about the crisis in Social Security.

Possible Fiat-GM merger

Feb 9, 2005
Host David Brown talks to New York Times transportation reporter Micheline Maynard about some interesting merger news in the automotive industry.

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