Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, September 10, 2012

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Summer is officially over for members of the U.S. Congress who return to session today. But don't expect a lot to come from Capitol Hill over the next several weeks before election day. Despite looming deadlines around the Farm Bill and the so-called "Fiscal Cliff." Also on the show, the capital of Vermont is getting into the utility business - piping wood-fired heat from a state building to local businesses. And Marketplace's David Gura examines news today that the U.S. Treasury Department plans to sell $18 billion shares of AIG stock in a public offering that would reduce its stake by more than half.

PODCAST: U.S. to sell AIG stock, Congress returns

Members of Congress will return to session today. But don't expect a lot to come from Capitol Hill over the next several weeks before Election Day. The U.S. Treasury plans to sell $18 billion shares of AIG stock in a public offering that would reduce its stake by more than half. Katie Couric launches her daytime talk show today. Is she the next Oprah? Plus, Toys "R" Us faces challenges as it releases a tablet for kids, the capital of Vermont is getting into the utility business, and will the Fed announce a new round of economic stimulus?

Toys ‘R’ Us faces challenges with new tablet 'Tabeo'

Toys 'R' Us will release a new tablet that's designed just for kids. But getting into the tablet hardware business could prove to be a grown-up challenge.
Posted In: tabeo, tablet

As Americans pay off credit cards, student loan debt grows

Credit card delinquency rates are near record lows, but student loan debt is filling the void and that could affect the job market
Posted In: credit card debt, student loan

Will the Federal Reserve step in, again?

At its two-day meeting this week the big question on every economists' mind: Will the Fed announce another round of economic stimulus?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, QE3, quantitative easing

Former Treasury official: AIG no longer 'too big to fail'

The former Chief Restructuring Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury says the government could end up making $20 billion on the AIG bailout
Posted In: AIG, bailout, financial crisis, U.S. Treasury

New $57 billion deal in planned global mining merger

Trading giant Glencore has made a new bid for mining company Xstrata, thanks in part to some deal making by British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Posted In: Glencore, merger, mining, Xstrata

Katie Couric joins post-Oprah daytime cast

Katie Couric, the former news anchor and Today Show host, launches her daytime show in the latest attempt to fill the Oprah Winfrey void
Posted In: katie couric, Oprah, daytime talkshows

Montpelier, Vermont, gets into the utility business

The tiny capital of Montpelier will refurbish the wood-fired heating plant its uses for the State House, then sell excess heat to nearby buildings.
Posted In: heating, utilities, wood heat

Congress returns from summer break

Despite the looming "fiscal cliff" and an expiring farm bill, don't expect a lot of action on Capitol Hill.
Posted In: Congress, lame duck session

U.S. Treasury to sell $18 billion in AIG stock

Stock sale would reduce the U.S. government's stake in the once-troubled insurance firm to less than half for the first time since it bailed out AIG in 2008.
Posted In: AIG, U.S. Treasury

One proposal to fix Medicare, tax code

Fortune Magazine’s Allan Sloan discusses his solutions to fixing Social Security, Medicare, and the tax code – without the help of politicians.
Posted In: Medicare, Social Security

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Evil Dub
Trentemøller
Brand New Girl
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Do You Believe? (Original)
Poolside
Official Girl [Feat. Lil Wayne]
Cassie

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