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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Monday, December 19, 2011

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has died, which leaves his country and its economy up in the air. Here in the U.S., Congress continues debating extending the payroll tax cut. Some have accused Congress of 'kicking the can' on some issues, but where does that phrase come from? Commentator John Steele Gordon says politicians are to blame for the failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A Saudi prince invested in Twitter. UPS is trying to go green. And migrant farmers in Guatemala are choosing between poverty, or pursuing a new life in an unfriendly U.S.

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Tech
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is said to be acquiring a 3 percent stake in Twitter. Here he greets Rupert Murdoch of News Corp (of which the prince also owns stock) at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Media Summit, on March 9, 2010 in Abu Dhabi.
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Life
It's been said Congress is "kicking the can" in the debate over the payroll tax. The original phrase conjures up an image of a kid kicking a can down the street, just like a game.
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World
The death of the dictator creates a new region of uncertainty. Here, South Korean protesters participate in a rally celebrating news of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il on Dec. 19, 2011 in Seoul, South Korea. What happens next in North Korea could widely affect its southern neighbors.
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