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Marketplace for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007

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Giving goes online, too

Nonprofits are using online auctions and social networks to increase giving. And they're learning that sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot more. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Charity

Charitable tax credits promote giving

Commentator Hunter Lewis says there's more the United States can do to make giving more affordable. All that's needed is a little change to the tax code.
Posted In: Charity

Big Easy gets harder for the poor

The city of New Orleans is planning to demolish four huge public housing developments to make way for new, more expensive buildings. Activists say the new New Orleans may not be making enough room for the poor. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Housing

Taxpayers, IRS caught in AMT jam

Congress and the White House are still trying to come to terms on a deal to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax. Both taxpayers and the IRS are caught in the middle. Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland talks with Kai Ryssdal about problems ahead.

New rules proposed for 401(k)s

About 50 million of us contribute to 401(k)s. But returns can vary widely, in part because of the fees we pay to plan administrators. Today the Labor Department proposed some new rules. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Spending bills stall with slim majority

The federal fiscal year started more than two months ago but Congress still hasn't passed 11 of the 12 spending bills to fund the government. And that's not the only economic legislation that's going nowhere. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Washington

Baseball's full of cheaters

Former Senator George Mitchell's report on illegal drug use in Major League Baseball was released today. Every team in the league had either a player or former player on the list. Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes magazine talked about the report with Kai Ryssdal.

Why aren't energy, food in inflation rate?

The Labor Department today said that wholesale inflation was at 3.4 percent -- the biggest jump since the Vietnam era. But then the guys with the green eye shades came along with a much lower "core rate" that's minus food and energy costs. Why? John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

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