Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

House on small business health care

Today a House committee will explore the challenge small businesses face to cover their employees. Some reformers want to mandate employers provide insurance or pay into a government fund. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Health

HSBC target in Lehman Brothers lawsuit

Investors in Hong Kong are planning a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against London-based bank HSBC over the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Stephen Beard explains why the British bank is a good target and why more lawsuits may follow.
Posted In: Crime, Investing

Where stimulus money will go first

The economic stimulus package is working its way through the Senate to the president's desk. Once signed, who will be the first to receive aid? John Dimsdale reports low-income Americans may be among the first recipients.

Are new ethics laws ethical enough?

President Obama's nomination of former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle to his cabinet has some raising questions about Obama's new ethics rules. Tamara Keith explores the line dividing government officials and lobbyists.

Obama to cap pay of bailout execs

President Obama unveiled new salary caps today for companies receiving bailout money. The administration is looking at a $500,000 cap to prevent CEOs from riding "high on the hog." Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Recession could help smokers quit

You might think the stress of a bad economy would lead more people to smoke, but historically financial downturns have made people smoke less. Dan Grech reports why the recession encourages smoking cessation.
Posted In: Health

The best way to move the economy

Republicans and some Democrats want more tax cuts and less spending in the stimulus package. It's a popular position, but commentator Robert Reich says the focus needs to be on what's good for the economy as a whole.

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