Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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President Obama continues his quest to extend payroll tax cuts, and delivered a big speech on the economy yesterday in Kansas. Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is ahead in the polls, but far behind in raising funds for his campaign. The fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains unknown, and today the FDA decides whether one drug should be sold over-the-counter.

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Plan B could go O.T.C.

Today, the FDA decides whether to sell the morning after pill over-the-counter. Over-the-counter drugs can often make drug makers a lot more money than prescriptions.
Posted In: Health, prescription, pharmaceuticals
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President Obama takes aim at rising inequality

Yesterday, the president spoke about the loss of the American dream. But just how much is the middle class really shrinking?
Posted In: middle class, Barack Obama, payroll tax, Washington D.C.
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Euro debt crisis has deep roots

The troubles in Europe go back much farther than the birth of the euro, all the way to the days of Adolf Hitler.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Adolf Hitler, Germany
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Will Slovakia pose another threat to the EU?

Slovakia was a big opponent of the recent vote to extend the Greek bailout package. How will it react to plans to change treaties in the eurozone?
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Slovakia
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David Cameron not ready to agree on treaty changes

While the rest of Europe is ready to re-write treaties in the hopes of healing the debt crisis, British Prime Minister David Cameron is not ready to give up the interests of his own country.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, david cameron
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Unemployment rate falls in metro areas

The unemployment rate in a number of cities fell in November, most notably in the Rust Belt.
Posted In: Unemployment, Rust Belt, midwest, cities
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Citigroup announces planned layoffs

Citigroup is just the latest is a long line of big banks announcing layoffs in recent months.
Posted In: Citigroup, Europe debt crisis
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The end of Medicare open enrollment for the year

Today is the last day to choose a Medicare plan -- the end of so-called open enrollment. What does that mean for insurance customers?
Posted In: health care, Medicare
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PODCAST: Waiting to exhale on Europe, the CFPB, and payroll tax cuts

President Obama continues his quest to extend payroll tax cuts, and delivered a big speech on the economy yesterday in Kansas. Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich is ahead in the polls, but far behind in raising funds for his campaign. The fate of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains unknown, and today the FDA decides whether one drug should be sold over-the-counter.
Posted In: payroll tax, Europe debt crisis
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Mid-day Extra: Ready to Rock into the Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2012 were announced today. The Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses made the cut.
Posted In: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys
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Study: Corporations skimp on state, local taxes

Matt Gardner discusses why cutting taxes to attract corporations doesn't really make sense.
Posted In: Corporate Tax Cuts, Taxes, tax loopholes
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Gingrich behind in fundraising

As of September, Gingrich had raised about $3 million and owed more than $1 million. But he's at the top of the polls and that could help him.
Posted In: 2012 election
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The battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Republicans are trying to block the appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the CFPB in preference of a commission; Democrats say it's a fight against consumer protection.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray

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