Marketplace for Monday, December 31, 2012

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The fiscal cliff deadline is tonight -- we go over what will and will not happen if a deal isn't reached by midnight. We look at whether earmarks are to blame. Sarah Gardner talks to an unemployed steelworker about what happens to him if unemployment benefits expire on Jan. 1st. The Pentagon is preparing to notify its entire civilian workforce about furloughs they will encounter if the U.S. goes over the fiscal cliff. Meanwhile, getting consumers to “go green” has proven harder than marketers anticipated. And FEMA is still trying to figure out which damaged or destroyed properties to buy from Hurricane Irene.

Social media impostors make real money

Author Philip Roth's recent tweets were fake, but some celebrity spoofs have turned into profitable ventures.
Posted In: Twitter

Unemployed workers watching, worrying about fiscal cliff

Richard Crowe, an unemployed former steelworker living in Ohio, talks about what it's been like searching for a job and what he would do when unemployment benefits expire tomorrow.
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Pentagon prepares for cuts -- cliff or no cliff

Defense contractors are already cutting back as the war in Afghanistan winds down.
Posted In: defense contractors, defense, fiscal cliff

Would 'earmarks' have helped fiscal cliff talks?

'Bridges to Nowhere' and other pork-barrel spending used to be the grease for deal-making in Congress.
Posted In: Congress, earmarks

Do fired NFL coaches suffer much financially?

Terminated NFL coaches often resurface elsewhere in the league... along with a fat paycheck.
Posted In: NFL, football

The delicate task of marketing 'green'

Take toilet paper -- please. People who don't automatically buy the greenest product available have to be persuaded toilet paper that's not white is just as good as what they're used to.
Posted In: green, green biz, Environment, environmental marketing claims

Vermonters still awaiting FEMA money

More than a year after Hurricane Irene devastated much of Vermont, many homeowners are still waiting on federal relief money.
Posted In: Hurricane Irene, FEMA, hurricane

French court says au revoir to 75% tax on wealthy

The high court in France has rejected President Francois Hollande's controversial 75 percent tax on millionaires.
Posted In: France, Francois Hollande, Taxes

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Never Here
The Allure
Beats Antique
Idea of Happiness
Van She
Herbie Hancock
Jam On It

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