Marketplace Morning Report®

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go into effect. Super PAC money can keep candidates afloat longer. And businesses around the country are taking advantage of the extra day this year, trying to market and cash in on Leap Day.

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World
A Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) worker (C) explains situation of stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to the journalists at Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture, northern Japan on February 28, 2012.
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Business
Disney characters march down Main Street in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The park is hoping to rake in a bit of extra cash on Leap Day this year.
Ron Riccio/Disney Parks via Getty Images
Business
Starting today, Netflix is ending its deal with the movie channel Starz.
Starz
Economy
The Department of Commerce revised its gross domestic product report for the last quarter of 2011, revealing more evidence that the U.S. economy could be entering a new phase of recovery.
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Elections
Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich participate in a debate in Mesa, Ariz. Super Tuesday is coming up, and the field of candidates remains undiminished, thanks to this year's unlimited super PAC donations.
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Economy
Signs for the four newspapers belonging to News International dominate the entrance at the Wapping production plant on July 7, 2011 in London, England. James Murdoch resigned as chairman to News International today.
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Business
James Murdoch announced today that he was stepping down from News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corp. Here, the News Corporation headquarters is seen in Manhattan on July 14, 2011 in New York City.
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Business
James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, looks on during the Digital Life Design (DLD) conference at HVB Forum on January 25, 2011 in Munich, Germany.
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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.