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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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President Obama is calling a surprise bipartisan budget agreement in Congress a good first step. The deal will roll back some of the across-the-board sequester cuts to the budget while at the same time raising fees on things like the security surcharge on airline tickets. If the deal is approved, federal pensions will change. And, not long ago, Peter Buffett sent a frisson through the world of philanthropy with a recent op-ed piece saying a lot of charity gets it wrong. Buffett presides over a major philanthropy along with his wife, Jennifer. Their foundation works to empower girls and women globally and to foster locally-focused economies. Jennifer and Peter Buffett tell Marketplace Morning Report why philanthropies have to watch out for the unintended consequences of their giving.

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