Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Why not further empower the Fed?

The White House wants to try to avoid the next financial crisis by giving new powers to the Federal Reserve, but a group of prominent investors and former regulators says that's a bad idea. Bill Radke talks to Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman.

Inflation seems to be creeping in

Everyone says inflation's in check, but consumer prices keep going up. What's going on? Steve Chiotakis checks in with Doug Foreman, Director of Equities at Highmark Capital in San Francisco.
Posted In: Wall Street

French workers' threats not unusual

Employees of a Nortel plant outside Paris have threatened to blow up the factory if they don't receive a $130,000 payoff for the loss of 480 jobs. Stephen Beard reports similar acts are becoming more common among threatened French workers.
Posted In: Jobs

Investors more accepting of regulation

Rather than fight increased regulation, some hedge funds and other investment firms are starting to embrace it. Amy Scott looks into the thinking behind the culture change and what will be involved in the clamp-down.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Getting around pre-existing conditions

Pre-existing conditions are a major road block for Americans in the U.S. health care system, even for organ donors. Bill Radke takes up the issue with Los Angeles Times business columnist David Lazarus.
Posted In: Health

Airlines use discounts to prop up losses

Airlines like Southwest and AirTran have been forced to offer deep discounts to leisure travelers to account for a drop in business travel. Some experts worry these revenue losses could lead to a wave of bankruptcies. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Airlines

Hard times are good for craft beer

When the recession hit, Brooklyn Brewery prepared for trouble. But then sales went up, as they did for makers of craft beer across the country. Ben Calhoun has this story and a good explanation for craft beer's success.
Posted In: Food

Shipping industry set for C02 regulation

A U.N.-sponsored is working to reduce the swelling carbon footprint of the shipping industry. Global shipping produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all of Germany, but carbon emissions have gone unregulated. Sam Eaton reports.

Lobbyists call health care bill costly

The health care bill unveiled yesterday by House Democrats would insure nearly all Americans and run up a trillion-dollar bill, paid for with tax hikes and surcharges. Business lobbyists say it's too expensive. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Health

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Californication
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California (All The Way)
Luna
If You Leave
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Montanita
Ratatat