Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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The bipartisan budget deal that will avoid a government shutdown gets a key vote in the Senate this morning. And it could pass the Senate as soon as Wednesday, giving Congress some "breathing room" to tackle big issues, like entitlement reform and tax reform -- at least, that's how the thinking goes. Today, the German Parliament confirmed arguably the most powerful leader in Europe for a new term. Chancellor Angela Merkel has also opted to keep her stern finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, in place, with global implications. And, this week Marketplace is looking at the future of coal, the fuel that built industrial America. When you think of coal, what comes to mind? Appalachia? Soot? Climate change? If you ask tribal members on the Crow Reservation that question, they might say life.

Why one company wants to hire more women in tech

Alongside the tales of the newly, minted, young male billionaire tech entrepreneurs, another narrative is bubbling: The absence of women.
Posted In: women in tech

Obama to meet with tech execs about NSA spying

President Obama is meeting with tech industry leaders this morning. One of the big issues on the table is the National Security Agency’s big surveillance program.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, Google, Facebook

PODCAST: FDA wants answers about antibacterial soap

The FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap. Some women in Silicon Valley are trying to change gender dynamics. And, 59 new Beatles songs come out today. Why?

Coinbase wants to bring Bitcoins from the nerds to you

A Silicon Valley startup is the PayPal of Bitcoin.
Posted In: bitcoin

Angela Merkel formally voted into third term as German chancellor

Today, the German Parliament confirmed arguably the most powerful leader in Europe for a new term.
Posted In: Angela Merkel, Germany, Europe

A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.
Posted In: coal, montana, coal mining

Is antibacterial soap actually making us sicker?

Antibacterial products are a billion dollar industry. But the FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.
Posted In: FDA, Antibacterial, soap

Do we really need more Beatles releases?

No, but Apple Records does, to protect the group's copyrights.
Posted In: Beatles, copyright law

'Breathing room' in Congress? Don't hold your breath

There are plenty of issues that still need to be dealt with before any grand bargain -- everything from the Farm Bill to unemployment insurance to the debt limit.
Posted In: farm bill, budget deal, Congress

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The Man From T.h.r.u.s.h.
The Clee-shays
Papa Don't Take No Mess
James Brown
The Sea
Misun