Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, April 5, 2012

President Obama is slated to sign the JOBS Act into law later today.  It's a plan to spur hiring by easing some regulations on small businesses looking for investors, and one provision legalizes something called "crowdfunding." In Spain, the debt crisis continues to worsen, leaving many worried that it will follow in the footsteps of troubled Greece. The Masters golf tournament starts today, and Tiger Woods is back on the heels of his first PGA win in two years.

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Economy
Planned layoffs for last month hit a 10 month low, but the fields that experienced the worst of it included call centers.
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Life
Tiger Woods tees off during a practice round prior to the start of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 4, 2012 in Augusta, Ga.
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Life
General view of Rolls Royce at the Rolls-Royce Hamptons Brunch Produced By Rand Luxury on July 23, 2011 in Watermill, New York. What would it be like to be a billionaire for a day, complete with a chauffeured Rolls Royce?
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Economy
A couple walk past a closed down orthopedic shop on November 10, 2011 in Madrid, The current eurozone debt crisis has left Spain with crippling economic problems.
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World
The men's marathon on August 29, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, Greece. Now, Greece is facing serious budget issues that has cut their track and field programs. Will they be able to compete in the London Olympics this summer?
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France's incumbent President and right-wing ruling party Union for a Popular Movement candidate for the French 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy speaks during a campaign meeting to present his project in Paris on April 5, 2012.
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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.