Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 15, 2011

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With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva.  And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.

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Mid-day Extra: Another basketball star moves to L.A.

Point guard Chris Paul is moving to Los Angeles to play for the Clippers. What can that do for his own fame, and for the team's success down the line?
Posted In: basketball, los angeles, NBA

Federal student loan funding could be cut

The countdown begins in Washington to come up with a budget before midnight tomorrow, and one place cuts could come from are federal student loan programs.
Posted In: student loan debt, student loans, Pell grant

Russia gets invitation to join WTO

After years of bickering over terms, Russia is getting an invitation to join the World Trade Organization. WTO ministers start a three day meeting in Geneva today.
Posted In: Russia, WTO, trade, import export

The economic policies of Newt Gingrich

The former speaker of the house is currently leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination. What do his economic policies entail?
Posted In: 2012 election, Newt Gingrich

Euro debt crisis a threat to British security

If the euro collapses, Britain's economy could shrink by up to 8 percent. That could have a big effect on the country's defense spending.
Posted In: defense, budget, Britain

A speedbump for U.S. auto sales in China

The Chinese government will start to levy duties on imported cars made in the United States.
Posted In: China, car, auto sales

Do Americans care about the debt crisis in Europe?

We speak to Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at Gallup, about how much Americans really care about the ongoing crisis in Europe.
Posted In: Gallup, Europe debt crisis, 2012 election

Will Ferrell loves Old Milwaukee

Will Ferrell recently taped a series of commercials for Old Milwaukee, pro bono.
Posted In: Will Ferrell, commercials, beer

R & D tax cut could expire

The budget debate in Washington has put a lot of programs in danger, including those that depend on research and development tax cuts to innovate.
Posted In: research and development, Washington D.C., federal budget

PODCAST: Shed your tie for Mother Earth, Will Ferrell's beer of choice

With the Iowa caucuses just a few weeks out, we take at closer look at the economic policies of Republican candidate Newt Gingrich. Federal student aid programs could be on the chopping block. Russia is about to get its invitation to join the World Trade Organization as ministers from the group's 153 members meet in Geneva. And our weekly Attitude Check, part of our partnership with Gallup, looks at how Americans feel about the crisis in Europe.
Posted In: Will Ferrell, basketball, Europe debt crisis, Washington D.C.

Weekly jobless numbers hit three year low

The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims this week has fallen to the lowest point since May of 2008 -- and it isn't just holiday retail hiring causing the shift.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, Washington D.C.

Bipartisan Medicare deal proposed in Washington

This morning, a right-wing Republican and left-wing Democrat have announced a plan to reform Medicare that may -- that may -- put policy over politics.
Posted In: health care, Medicare, Washington D.C.

Mixed messages from the U.S. economy

Weekly jobless numbers out this week show positive signs for the country's economy recovery, but mortage lending rates tell a different story.
Posted In: Unemployment

BlackBerry maker plays catch up

Research in Motion was the smartphone’s pioneer. But the BlackBerry’s core business customers are switching to iPhone and Android devices.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, smartphones, business

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