Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called 'Robots Ate My Job,' and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the Military's push into alternative energy. And Day Two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

Supreme Court continues debate over health care law

Marketplace's Gregory Warner reports from the steps of the Supreme Court as day two of the health care deliberations begin in Washington, D.C.
Posted In: health care reform law, Supreme Court, individual mandate

Looking at the real costs of health care

Can the government force uninsured individuals to buy health insurance? It's known as the individual mandate, and today the Supreme Court hears arguments over its constitutionality.
Posted In: health care reform law, individual mandate

Case-Shiller home prices and health care reform

The markets have a lot to reflect on this morning, from the pending Supreme Court decision to the latest Case-Shiller Index.
Posted In: health care, case shiller

PODCAST: Southwest raises prices, consumer confidence falls

This week, we're looking at how new technology is changing the American workforce. The series is called "Robots Ate My Job," and David Brancaccio of our Economy 4.0 unit is driving across the country without interacting with a single human being. Today, a look at self-checkout at grocery stores. A couple of congressional panels will look at the military's push into alternative energy. And day two of the Supreme Court arguments surrounding the new health care law begins.

Celebrating Larry Stevenson, skateboard innovator

The father of what we know as the mass-produced skateboard passed away at age 81. How has the industry grown since he first began to churn out boards?
Posted In: skateboard, Sports, Retail

Electronics withstand consumer confidence dip

Since the recession hit, we just haven't been shopping like we used to -- unless we're talking about electronics.
Posted In: consumer confidence, consumer electronics, tablet

Military feels heat on green energy

Two hearings in the House this week will question whether the Pentagon's efforts to go green are worth the cost.
Posted In: Military and Energy, alternative energy, military

NFL switches over to Nike apparel

In one week, the NFL will start selling apparel made by Nike rather than Reebok. The sports body is trying to capitalize on the switchover.
Posted In: Sports, NFL, Nike, Reebok

Why investors should thank the Fed

Since quantitative easing took place in 2010, stock prices in the U.S. went up something like 28 percent, adding $3.5 trillion.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, quantitative easing

Taking humans out of the supermarket checkout

Retail is getting more and more "robotified," and where it's most evident is the self checkout kiosks at supermarkets. Retail clerks are finding themselves displaced by the machines.
Posted In: Retail, robot

Health care arguments: Day Two

Can the government force Americans to buy health insurance? That's the big question at the Supreme Court today.
Posted In: health care reform law, Supreme Court, Washington D.C.

Britain looks to sell off parts of Royal Bank of Scotland

Britain faces the same dilemma as the U.S. when it comes to bailed-out companies: When to sell off the billions of dollars worth of assets it bought from those companies at the height of the crisis.
Posted In: Royal Bank of Scotland, Britain, Scotland, bank

Individual mandate under review in Supreme Court

Can the government force uninsured individuals to buy health insurance? It's known as the individual mandate, and it could soon be declared unconstitutional.
Posted In: health care reform law, individual mandate, Washington D.C.

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Hercules & Love Affair
Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above (instrumental) (Single)
CSS
Robot Rock
Daft Punk
Best of Instant Funk: I Got My Mind Made Up

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