Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner wades into the European debt crisis today, and will urge heavily indebted countries in Europe to avoid "draconian" government budget cuts that could risk another global recession. Also on the show, President Obama has raised more money than all the GOP contenders, but the incumbent president has been notably lagging in attracting money from wealthy contributors. And, media data firm Nielsen has started tracking online and TV viewership in 15,000 households to help advertisers understand how much time consumers spend with their ad on and offline.

Analyst: There's confidence in the housing market

Rise in new building permits attributed to good winter weather, increased demand for housing, and an economy that "isn't getting worse."
Posted In: Housing

Podcast: Housing optimism and law-school pessimism

The number of new homes starts last month fell, but a rise in future home-construction plans gave economists hope that the housing market has stabilized. Meanwhile, the number of new students taking the law-school entrance exam dropped to the lowest level in 12 years. Also on the show, China announced a major increase in gas prices, a reported delay in cleaner fuels could harm the new engines designed to burn it, and an oil spill off the coast of Brazil last November is the subject of a lawsuit this week. Plus, our interview with the author of a story that makes comparisons between Mitt Romney's GOP campaign and that of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Posted In: podcast

20-somethings average $45,000 in debt

Student loans, credit cards, car loans, and mortgages weigh on Generation Y. What does the mounting debt for these young adults mean for the economy?
Posted In: debt, generation y, student loans

Big Obama donors missing in action

President Barack Obama has raised just half of what he got from big donors at this point in his election campaign four years ago.
Posted In: Barack Obama, 2012 election, 2012 campaign

Delay in EPA gas rules may hurt cars

A reported delay in cleaner fuels could harm the new engines designed to burn it.
Posted In: gas, gas prices, EPA, clean energy

Tracking ad consumption online and off

Nielsen's new cross-platform service brings together two worlds - TV and online - and gives advertisers a better sense of who's watching.
Posted In: advertising, online advertising, nielsen

How Mitt Romney and Nicolas Sarkozy are similar

One is seen as a family man, one isn't. But they both are struggling to relate to voters in their presidential campaigns.
Posted In: Mitt Romney, nicolas sarkozy

China to hike oil prices, risk slower growth

China's government has announced a 7 percent oil price increase. The hike could slow growth but some say it might also reduce wealth inequality.
Posted In: China, Oil, gas prices

U.S. warns Europe on 'draconian' austerity

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testifies on Capitol Hill Tuesday about the European Debt crisis, urging European countries to avoid 'draconian' budget cuts that could make matters worse.
Posted In: Timothy Geithner, Europe debt crisis, austerity

Brazil spill prompts new deep-water drilling lawsuit

An oil spill off the coast of Brazil last November is the subject of a lawsuit this week. Brazil is suing Chevron and Transocean over the spill.
Posted In: oil spill, lawsuit

Law school entrance exams down 16 percent

The number of students taking the test to go to law school fell to its lowest level in 12 years, according to the latest data from the Law School Admission Council, which administers the test.
Posted In: law school, LSAT

New building permits hit highest level since 2008

The number of new homes starts last month fell, but a rise in future home-construction plans gave economists hope that the housing market has stabilized
Posted In: Housing, construction, census

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