Marketplace for Friday, February 10, 2012

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President Obama shifts the responsibility of providing contraceptive coverage from religious institutions to insurers. Political contributions often flow to the most successful candidate. The European Commission has new guidelines out regulating the sounds electric vehicles can and can't make. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, on the intent of yesterday's foreclosure settlement.

The sound of the future

Quiet electric cars have to sound like something. So what should that be?
Posted In: electric cars

Concentrated super PAC money grows

Political campaign donations through super PACs are more concentrated than ever. Fewer rich donors are giving increasingly greater amounts to their chosen candidates, and it's raising new concerns about big money influencing elections.
Posted In: super PAC

Happy #FedValentines Day!

The favorite holiday of economists and business journalists.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke

Weekly Wrap: The foreclosure settlement

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street. This week: The $25 billion foreclosure settlement agreement the government and five major banks agreed to yesterday.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Housing, foreclosure

President Obama compromises on contraception

Under the new plan, even women who work for religious employers will have access to free birth control. It's all because of an insurance company workaround.
Posted In: Health, birth control

HUD chief: Settlement is one piece of broader puzzle

The $25 billion foreclosure settlement is one of the biggest in history. But is it fair? Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, one of the architects of the deal, responds.
Posted In: Housing, robo-signing, foreclosures, mortgage settlement

Time for the other Oscars

This weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the folks behind the Academy Awards, will hand out the technical Oscars. They may not be as glamorous as the other Oscars, but they're every bit as important to movie making.
Posted In: Oscars, Science, technology, academy awards, movies

Letters: Blaming the banks, cause and effect

Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: Going beyond blaming the banks, exporting jobs and poverty in our modern society.
Posted In: letters

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Debaser
Pixies
Crazy In Love [Clean]
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