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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 13, 2013

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First General Motors, now all of Ireland. This week, the U.S. government sold its remaining stake in the automotive company -- a stake acquired to help GM stay in business during the great financial collapse. This weekend, Ireland will finish with its European Union bailout. Today, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on a new leader of the IRS. John Koskinen faces a tough road ahead, helping the agency recover from scandal and carrying out the IRS piece of the new health care law. And, retailers gnash their teeth and call it "showrooming."  You may call it "comparison shopping" -- the tendency to check out the merchandise IRL but then buy online if the price is right. But the non-digital stores, the ones that exist in three dimensions, are responding with tactics of their own. 

Google may be after Intel's turf

Google might be getting into the game of making chips.
Posted In: Google, Intel, microchips

PODCAST: The budget deal and the sequester

The House passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration? A mish-mash of tax credits about to expire. And, you just won the lotto: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?

How will the budget deal ease sequestration?

The House of Representatives has passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration?
Posted In: Congress, budget, sequestration

So, what happens -- and to whom -- if Congress doesn't extend unemployment benefits?

1.3 million people take an immediate hit, but that number would go up throughout the year.
Posted In: unemployment benefits, Congress

First step, you win the Mega Millions lottery. Next step?

You hit the jackpot: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?
Posted In: lottery, Mega millions

Webrooming, it's like reverse 'showrooming'

Brick and mortar retailers are hitting back against customers who shop in the store, but buy online.
Posted In: showrooming, online shopping, Target, Best Buy

Mish-mash of tax credits about to expire

This story about 55 tax breaks about to expire starts in an unlikely place: Barn 63 at the Belmont Race Track in Belmont, N.Y., at the stall of a pretty brown horse with a white star on her forehead.
Posted In: tax credit, Congress, budget, tax breaks

Dog catcher more popular than IRS commissioner

John Koskinen is expected to be recommended for confirmation as IRS commissioner.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes

@GeorgeHWBush, Twitter's newest user: This week's Silicon Tally

12,000 people, 30 percent and 48 hours. What do these numbers mean? Take the quiz and find out!

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