Marketplace for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

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Marketplace for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009

Stimulus enables green to grow

Funding for renewable energy projects was drying up until the stimulus package was passed. The federal infusion comes none too soon, but it's only a start. Sam Eaton reports.

Banks learning to restrain themselves

TARP recipient Northern Trust is feeling the heat from Congress for spending lavishly on a golf tournament. As Jeremy Hobson reports, it's just the latest example of the financial industry figuring out what's OK and what's not.

Newspapers search for business model

The recession has only exacerbated the problems facing the newspaper industry. Veteran journalist David Westphal talks to Kai Ryssdal about what the industry is doing to meet the challenges it faces.

Bill could change the way unions form

The Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier for workers to form unions by barring managers from firing or intimidating them. Employers are trying to stop it from becoming law. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Reducing ratio of debt is the real issue

President Obama wants to cut the current deficit in half by the end of his first term. Commentator Robert Reich says what Obama should really be focusing on is reducing the ratio of debt to the national economy.

It's a good time to be a lobbyist

With the federal government rapidly increasing spending and getting more involved in the private sector, business for Washington lobbyists is booming. Ronni Radbill reports.

How many bank regulators is too many?

President Obama wants to clean up the regulation of banks. As Steve Henn reports, the president might want to start out by streamlining the entire system.

Will new tax credit spur home sales?

The Obama administration is hoping to jolt the housing market by promoting a new, $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers. Is it enough to get home sales moving again? Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Housing

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Dance To The Underground (Dfa Version)
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Choking You
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