Marketplace for 07/31/13

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The political battle over who will become the new chairman of the Federal Reserve has intensified. A look at the dirty tricks, whisper campaigns and crass politicking taking place.  Plus, today’s GPD report shows the economy grew faster than expected. But you should still be scared. What else is scary? Student loan debt. How much does the government really make off that debt? And a new study looks at education inequity. Also, stories on housing workers, why Oprah has a reason to smile, and the state of the cotton industry.

Oprah's OWN bounces back with help from Tyler Perry

The Oprah Winfrey Network turned a profit this quarter thanks to two Tyler Perry shows.
Posted In: Oprah Winfrey, OWN

Will laid off construction workers return in housing boom?

The housing industry is rebounding. But will the many construction workers who lost their jobs in the downturn come back?
Posted In: construction, Housing

Cotton no longer king in Louisiana

Southern farmers have largely turned away from planting cotton, because grain crops are more profitable.
Posted In: cotton

Study: Black and Latino students missing out on selective colleges

A new study finds that America's higher education system perpetuates white advantages.
Posted In: higher education, college

This summer's best drama: The fight over who will be Fed chair

The political battle over who will succeed Ben Bernanke is heating up -- and it could be the most important economic policy decision made this year.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Fed, Ben Bernanke, Janet Yellen, Larry Summers

Why you should be scared by 1.7% GDP growth

The U.S. economy expanded 1.7 percent in the spring months -- but does that mean the recovery is out of the woods?
Posted In: GDP, Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Are student loans big money makers?

It should be easy to figure out if the government makes money off of student loans. But it's not.
Posted In: federal student loans, student loan debt, student loans

Facebook getting more primetime viewers than any major TV network

The social network is getting half of television viewers between 18 and 24 years old during the primetime hours.
Posted In: Facebook

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True Affection
The Blow
Take a Walk (Album Version)
Passion Pit
Tidal Wave
Thee Oh Sees
Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Cloudbusting
I Need A Dollar
Aloe Blacc