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Unrelated elements in Defense bill

Sep 20, 2010
The Senate this week takes up a bill to approve Pentagon operations for next year. It's considered a bill everybody can support. But lawmakers this year have loaded some extra baggage on the must-pass bill. John Dimsdale reports.

Weekly Wrap: The week of the consumer

Sep 17, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal about

Warren as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Sep 17, 2010
It's official -- Elizabeth Warren will head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson looks at what responsibilities and Warren will have in her new position.

Are municipal bonds still a safe investment?

Sep 17, 2010
With American cities facing unprecedented budget cuts, the municipal bonds market is causing concerns. But experts say that by keeping a close eye, investors can still have a lot of leverage.
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Obama taking time with new appointments

Sep 16, 2010
Kai talks to Barbara Rehm of American Banker on what's taking the administration so long to fill the positions created by the financial reform bill.

Will U.S. take action against China and the yuan?

Sep 16, 2010
The Obama Administration is putting out a lot of tough talk about China artificially undervaluing the yuan, but economists are wondering if anything will be done about it.

New budget office head a familiar face

Sep 16, 2010
President Obama's pick to replace Peter Orzsag as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget is Jacob Lew, better known as Jack. He was OMB director for President Bill Clinton, when the government ran a surplus. You gotta wonder why he'd want the job now. John Dimsdale reports.

Obama to name Warren as assistant

Sep 16, 2010
It looks like the White House will pick Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau set up under the financial reform law. Reporter Nancy Marshall Genzer talks with Bill Radke about why she may not have to go through Congress to get appointed.

Who takes care of the natural gas pipelines?

Sep 13, 2010
Marketplace's Jeff Tyler takes a look at why none of the $50 billion President Obama proposed for infrastructure repairs is targeted at gas pipelines.

Defense suppliers seek to cut costs

Sep 10, 2010
Boeing and Lockheed Martin both announced major cost-cutting moves this week. Why? These giants of the defense industry believe the Pentagon when it says it's going to cut spending significantly. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

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