Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

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The drawbacks of recession obsession

A poll out this morning says the percentage of people who think a recession is coming is up since last month. But how does an obsession with recession affect the economy? Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Some shoppers opt to register

Online gift registries are becoming an increasingly popular option to fulfill holiday shopping. But some think the shopping portals are helping customers further deter from the spirit of Christmas. Dan Ankeles has more.
Posted In: Retail
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New loans may help subprime, may not

Five New England banks are pledging $100 million to help certain homeowners battling subprime. But Stacey Vanek-Smith reports the program does pose a risk to home equity, and some think it doesn't go far enough.
Posted In: Economy, Housing
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South Africa backs Zuma for change

Newly elected South African President Jacob Zuma came to office after a bribery scandal last year. Gretchen Wilson reports what made him a strong candidate this time, even despite strong opposition.
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Trade report could point finger at China

The Treasury Department's Foreign Exchange Report might cause controversy if it's used to accuse China of manipulating its currency. Alisa Roth reports the U.S. worries China is keeping money cheap.
Posted In: Economy
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Health care crosses borders in E.U.

The European Commission made a new health care proposal allowing people to travel to another E.U. country to get treatment and bring the bill home. Scott Jagow talks to European report Megan Williams about why.
Posted In: Health
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Keep on truckin' -- a few more hours

The White House has reinstated higher driving-time limits for truckers. Today the Senate will consider the 11-hour restriction and its potential impact on fatality rates. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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How much rope to escape foreclosure?

When people are drowning, it's said that Republicans will extend too little rope, and Democrats too much. When it comes to foreclosures, commentator Robert Reich sees the same thing happening. He offers this suggestion.

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