Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Citigroup pays up for past deeds. Earlier this week, we learned the SEC is investigating Ally Financial for its own mortgage practices around that time. Isaac is back to tropical storm status. Mitt Romney is scheduled to accept the GOP nomination for president tonight. In the meantime, we talk with residents of Florida coastal town New Smyrna Beach to get a sense of "The Real Economy" there.
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PODCAST: Citigroup settles lawsuit, consumer spending rises

Citigroup pays up for past deeds. Earlier this week, we learned the SEC is investigating Ally Financial for its own mortgage practices around that time.
Posted In: Citigroup, GOP, Angela Merkel
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Consumer spending grows at fastest pace in five months

The government said this morning that consumer spending grew 0.4 percent last month.
Posted In: consumer spending
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Why is Russia the place to be right now for carmakers?

Of all the European markets, Russia is the fastest growing. But why?
Posted In: Russia, auto market, manufacturing
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Why Gazprom is halting Arctic gas field development

Ice is melting faster making it easier to extract oil and gas. But expenses and lower gas prices are proving troublesome for the Russian company.
Posted In: Russia, gazprom, natural gas
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Could better branding get kids to eat their vegetables?

On the age-old question of how you get kids to eat broccoli, new research from Cornell University finds it's all about branding.
Posted In: vegetables, Health, branding
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Americans weigh in on education

So far, the Republican National Convention keynote speeches have focused on jobs and the deficit. Something a little more surprising, maybe, has been the emphasis on teachers and schools.
Posted In: teachers, Education, Gallup
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Citigroup settles shareholder lawsuit for almost $600 million

Four years after the financial crisis, it's like the chickens of 2007 and 2008 are finally coming home to roost.
Posted In: Citigroup, lawsuit, financial crisis
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Angela Merkel visits Beijing

They're calling it a "trade mission," but one can't help wondering what it might have to do with the debt crisis.
Posted In: Angela Merkel, Europe, China
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What really matters to Florida voters

Mitt Romney is scheduled to accept the GOP nomination tonight. We travel to Florida's I-4 corridor to take the pulse of voters living in "The Real Economy."
Posted In: Florida, politics, GOP
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In northwest Louisiana, inmates fill sandbags for Isaac

Residents in northwest Louisiana are preparing homes and businesses for possible flooding as the remnants of Isaac make a slow progression northward.
Posted In: Hurricane Isaac, Louisiana, prisons
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Whose economy is it? Obama's or Romney's?

Will the economy we have today elect the next president? If so, what does it look like?
Posted In: Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, 2012 election

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