Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jobless benefit claims down

The Labor Department says claims for unemployment insurance shrank by 29,000, but snowstorms and bad weather in the northeast are still having an effect on those numbers. Steve Chiotakis talks to Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.
Posted In: Jobs

What Citi really got from the bailout

Bankers and bank regulators are testifying before the government's bailout watchdog panel. Citigroup CEO, Vikram Pandit is also there, thanking Congress for saving his company. Bill Radke finds out why from Marketplace's Nancy Marshall Genzer.
Posted In: Investing

States jump the gun on Race to the Top

State governors are waiting to see who made it to the final round of the Race to the Top competition, which provides billions in grants to state educational programs. But Jeremy Hobson reports some have already assumed they've won.
Posted In: Education

Government makes strides in net policy

Tech executives and government officials are converging in a series of meetings on the issue of Internet freedom overseas. Mitchell Hartman explores why the stakes are high for foreign policy and American business.
Posted In: Internet

Bankers against proprietary trading ban

The White House is proposing financial reform legislation that would prevent banks from engaging in high-risk proprietary trading. Bill Radke explores the unhappy reception that idea is getting with Marketplace's Nancy Marshall Genzer.
Posted In: Investing

Web makers fight political freebie ads

Political lobbyists are increasingly drawn to sites like Facebook for their large user base. But some Web content providers are running into a conflict with ad campaigns offering false deals for political action. Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Internet

Germany not warm to Greek bailout

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will head to Berlin tomorrow to ask for an E.U. rescue. Germany will likely have the final say on any bailout, but German officials already aren't keen on the idea. Christopher Werth reports.

The 'hatter' may really have been mad

Anyone familiar with Alice in Wonderland remembers the Mad Hatter. But how'd he get the name? Bill Radke talks to Dr. Alison Matthews David, who explains the correlation between hat-making and mental imbalance in 19th-century England.

CA fights small Toyota plant closing

Toyota wants to close a car-making plant in Fremont, Calif., which would put 5,000 people out of work and could indirectly cost 20,000 more jobs in the process. State officials are trying hard to fight the move. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Auto

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