Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 10, 2012

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First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to make Americans healthier isn't stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. The unemployment rate dropped last month to 8.3 percent, but some economists say the news isn't as good as it sounds. And big drinks companies are fighting in what some might call "whiskey wars."

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First Lady's 'Let's Move' program expands to military

Michelle Obama will announce a Pentagon venture to make the food offerings in the U.S. military more healthy. It’s the first change to military rations in 20 years.
Posted In: Food, Health, Let's Move, Michelle Obama, military

Protests in Athens over latest proposed cuts

Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. But even the most recent austerity deal Greece proposed might not be enough.
Posted In: Greece, austerity, budget cuts, Europe debt crisis

Why 8.3% unemployment may not be so great

Last week, we got news that the unemployment rate is down, but that number includes people who have dropped out of the labor force. Is this number as good as we thought?
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Guinness, Johnnie Walker owner sees rising profits

Diageo, the alcoholic drinks giant that owns brands like Guinness and Johnnie Walker, says that its profits rose 15 percent last year despite flat sales in beleaguered Europe.
Posted In: whiskey, alcohol

Hasbro to team up with Zynga

Toymaker Hasbro is teaming up with the online gaming company Zynga -- but it's not the old school Hasbro that's trying to climb the ladder into Internet games.
Posted In: games, technology, Hasbro, zynga

Greeks protesting at another critical moment for Europe

A day after the government submitted a budget cutting plan that’s needed in order for Greece to get more bailout money, there are huge strikes over the cuts going on in Athens today.
Posted In: Greece, Europe debt crisis, austerity

President Obama to announce 2013 budget

President Obama unveils his budget for next year on Monday, at a community college just outside of Washington, D.C. But how serious is this executive branch wish list in a gridlocked Washington?
Posted In: President Obama, Washington D.C., politics, federal budget

PODCAST: Greek protests, a Pizza Hut Valentine

First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to make Americans healthier isn't stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. The unemployment rate dropped last month to 8.3 percent, but some economists say the news isn't as good as it sounds. And big drinks companies are fighting in what some might call "whiskey wars."
Posted In: Greece

Digging deeper into the lives of CEOs

From Lloyd Blankfein's support of gay marriage to Steve Jobs' high school GPA, why do we know more about the lives of CEOs than ever before?
Posted In: ceo, steve jobs, Lloyd Blankfein

Rep. Spencer Bachus faces insider trading allegations

In the midst of debates that could potentially tighten the rules on insider trading in Washington, the head of the House Financial Services Committee faces serious allegations.
Posted In: Washington D.C., politics, insider trading, Congress

Bank settlement to bail out some underwater homeowners

Yesterday's $25 billion agreement between five big U.S. banks and state attorneys general could help some three million homeowners who owe more than their homes are currently worth.
Posted In: Housing, underwater mortgage, foreclosure, mortgage settlement

Ambassador Ron Kirk on U.S. trade relations

President Obama said in his State of the Union that he wanted stricter enforcement of U.S. trade rules. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk discusses the details of what's to come.
Posted In: trade, China, State of the Union

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