Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 5, 2011

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled a firm austerity plan for his country. In the wake of a tempestuous month for leadership, we take a look at accountability, both in Europe and at American universities. Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cuts, and reporter David Gura spotlights the increasing wealth gap.

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Italians react to Mario Monti's austerity plan

After months of protest, it appears Italians may finally be ready to work with the government to fix the nation's crumbling economy.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, italy, Mario Monti

Belgium ends 540 days without leader

Belgium, the country with the fifth largest debt load in Europe, has gone without a full-time government for over 500 days. Today, a prime minister was appointed.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Belgium

President Obama pushes to get CFPB head approved

this week, President Obama's expected to put the pressure on Congress to approve his nominee to head the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. But Republicans vow to hold up any nominee until the bureau itself gets overhauled.
Posted In: politics, CFPB, Richard Cordray, Wall Street

Can we expect solutions from Europe this week?

It is a big week for the European debt crisis, as French and German leaders plan for a meeting Friday.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, italy, nicolas sarkozy

Europeans 'getting their hands dirty' solving debt problem

News from Europe today shows positive steps towards solving the debt crisis, on the micro and macro level.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, italy

PODCAST: Italian austerity, American spending

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled a firm austerity plan for his country. In the wake of a tempestuous month for leadership, we take a look at accountability, both in Europe and at American universities. Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cuts, and reporter David Gura spotlights the increasing wealth gap.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

Mid-day Extra: Do malls still matter?

The list of the top five malls in America was recently released. But with booming online shopping sales, are malls still relevant?
Posted In: shopping, holiday shopping, Malls

CFPB at a standstill until director is approved

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can investigate complaints, but that's about it -- at least until a head of the bureau is approved by Congress.
Posted In: CFPB, Washington D.C., politics

Can NC-17 movies make it at the box office?

Amy Kaufman discusses the challenges movies face with a NC-17 rating.
Posted In: NC-17, movies, racy

Mario Monti unveils austerity plan for Italy

The new leader of Italy has announced a plan for tax increases and spending cuts to deal with the ongoing debt crisis in the country
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, italy, Mario Monti, austerity

How the cost of college could be lowered

President Obama meets at the White House today with a small group of university and college presidents on how to reduce the cost of higher education. But the answers might have to come from the schools themselves.
Posted In: student loan debt, college tuition, President Obama

Income inequality rises around the world, not just U.S.

Globalization, technology, and lower taxes on the wealthy have increased income disparity in most developed countries, says a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Posted In: income, inequality

Who's benefiting from a payroll tax cut?

Fortune Magazine's Allan Sloan explains the payroll tax cut, and who is benefiting the most from them.
Posted In: payroll tax

Why the ones in power should be held accountable

In the aftermath of the recent scandals at various universities, there have been calls for the leaders of these institutions to step down. Should higher education officials be held accountable for what happens far down the leadership chain?
Posted In: college, Penn State, U.C. Davis

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