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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show 'Pimp My Ride' has big fans in Morocco.

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'Pimp My Ride' has its fans in Morocco

Customizing cars is becoming a major craze in Morocco after the American television show “Pimp My Ride” wins many fans.
Posted In: Morocco, car, customized cars

Will Congress get anything done in 2012?

As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Congress seems poised for a political stalemate.
Posted In: State of the Union, Congress, deficit-cutting

Retrofit buildings more eco-friendly than 'green' construction

A new study shows that re-using an old building almost always saves more energy than framing up a new one.
Posted In: construction, green building, green

Measuring what college students actually learn

A new initiative calls on colleges and universities to ask and answer the question, “Are students learning?” at their institutions. It’s a question that employers ask about college graduates all the time.
Posted In: college, college grads, Education

Greece takes creative measures to pay off debt

To prove to its creditors that it is serious, Greece has released a list of tax evaders, and is opening up national monuments to film crews.
Posted In: Greece, debt

How Mitt Romney's tax rate stacks up

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has finally released his tax returns. How does he compare to the average millionaire, and the average American?
Posted In: 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney, Taxes

Solar flares can cause communication problems

The biggest solar storm in more than six years is blasting the earth with radiation today.
Posted In: solar, communications, gps

Mid-day Extra: The changing face of Disney

The happiest place on earth is getting a tiny bit more relaxed.
Posted In: disney

What is an effective tax rate?

News is out this morning that Mitt Romney's effective tax rate is around 14 percent. But that's a different tax rate calculation than the one you're probably familiar with.
Posted In: Mitt Romney, Taxes, 2012 campaign

PODCAST: Tax returns and golden arches

As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union address this evening, it seems likely that political gridlock will continue in Washington, D.C. Debt talks continue in Greece, and the country is taking some steps to boost revenue. Reporter Amy Scott looks at what higher education actually teaches students. And the American TV show 'Pimp My Ride' has big fans in Morocco.

Martha Stewart sued by Macy's over JCPenney deal

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is being sued by Macy's. The department store says its exclusive agreement to sell a line of Stewart's merchandise was violated when Stewart announced a deal with JCPenney.
Posted In: Martha Stewart

What to expect in the State of the Union

What economic issues will President Obama likely mention in his State of the Union address?
Posted In: State of the Union, Barack Obama

The 'Occupy Igloo' movement

Tomorrow, global leaders will descend on the snow-covered ski town of Davos in Switzerland. Protestors from the Occupy Movement have set up camp there.
Posted In: Occupy, Davos, World Economic Forum

Space weather has economic impacts on earth

Rough space weather is leading some flights to change their course, and experts on the lookout for power outages.
Posted In: solar, space, electricity

What millionaires pay in taxes

Mitt Romney has revealed his tax returns, but how does that compare to others who earn around the same amount of money?
Posted In: Taxes, millionaire, Mitt Romney

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