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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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The Republican presidential candidates have been getting something of a bargain so far in this election. About a year since the protests in Egypt, the military remains a force there. David Brancaccio talks about a study that figured out how many people will fall off a financial cliff this year. Bank of America is tightening credit to some of its small-business borrowers. Commentator Dahlia Lithwick goes over what the Supreme Court will discuss in the health care reform debate. A woman is suing Honda over allegedly false gas mileage numbers. And Rupert Murdoch's wife Wendi Deng's verified Twitter account turned out to be a hoax. Bank of America is tightening credit to some of its small-business borrowers.

MPG: 54.5 is the 37 to 39

Why advertised mpg doesn't match what you drive. One hint: it's not designed to.
Posted In: gas mileage

Earthquakes prompt Ohio fracking ban

Despite the environmental worries, most see no slowdown nationwide.
Posted In: fracking

New year, more economic security?

A new study shows that 1 in 5 of us will fall off a financial cliff in the year ahead.

Federal Reserve to give quarterly interest rate reports

That's instead of the usual 'for the foreseeable future' thing they usually do. The Fed is striving to be more open in its communication.
Posted In: interest rates, Federal Reserve

How will the Supreme Court tackle health care?

It stands to be one of the biggest Supreme Court cases in the last decade: The argument over the constitutionality of the health care law. The final decision won't be easy to predict.
Posted In: Supreme Court, health care, healthcare reform, What Now?

This season's primaries cheapest in a decade

A combination of free TV debates and outside money is helping candidates penny-pinch for now.
Posted In: 2012 election, Iowa

Rupert Murdoch’s wife hit by Twitter hoax

Wendi Deng Murdoch is the latest high-profile hoax victim, even though Twitter said it had verified the account’s authenticity.
Posted In: Twitter

B of A tightens credit to some small businesses

Other banks are also choosier about which businesses they lend to, and how much.
Posted In: Small Business, Bank of America

Egypt's army is still a force in the economy

Egypt's army has economic interests ranging from construction to tourism. Getting it to focus just on soldiering may not be easy.
Posted In: Egypt

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The Whitest Boy Alive
We Are (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
Sweet Child O Mine
Vitamin String Quartet
Gotta Be Something
D-Tension