Marketplace for Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Marketplace for Thursday, June 18, 2009

Politics will undermine regulation plan

Analysts and lawmakers are questioning the Obama administration's plan for re-regulating the financial sector. Commentator Thomas Frank says the plan fails to address the largest problem of all -- politics.

Stimulus funds help, but aren't perfect

Dustin Woodman, manager of the Coconino Rural Environment Corps, talks with Kai Ryssdal about what the organization is doing with the $500,000 in stimulus funds it received from the federal government.

How agency will protect consumers

Reporter Jeremy Hobson talks with Kai Ryssdal about the Obama administration's proposal to create a new agency to protect consumers, and how it will work.

Plan under fire for 'too big to fail'

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner spent his day defending the Obama administration's proposed financial overhaul to lawmakers. Amy Scott reports there are concerns the plan may give firms 'too big to fail' an unfair advantage.

Putting jobless numbers in perspective

The Labor Department says the number of people on unemployment insurance rolls fell for the first time since January, which may indicate job losses are slowing. But Tamara Keith reports it's just a sign things are less bad.
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