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Marketplace for Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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As major websites across the Internet take aim at the Stop Online Piracy Act today, we look at the economic impact of Internet piracy and counterfeiting. Oil prices are shooting up and Saudi Arabia is currently demanding $100 a barrel. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon delves deeper into the subject of Mitt Romney and special tax breaks for investments. And a Democrat and a Republican each speak about whether President Obama should be worried about the upcoming election.

Romney’s run renews capital-gains tax debate

Like Warren Buffett, Mitt Romney pays a low tax rate because his income is from investments, not labor. Why does the tax code differentiate?
Posted In: tax, investment

The long and short story of Jack Detroit

The luxury men's magazine didn't make it, but its founder may yet help get Detroit's economy off the ground.
Posted In: magazines, Detroit, Entrepreneur

To print or not to print: Which is greener?

New answers to the hottest question of the digital age come from some unexpected sources.
Posted In: Printers, paper

State Dept. rejects Keystone XL pipeline

If you think the decision puts an end to the debate over the controversial project, guess again.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, Oil

Calculating the costs of online piracy

Stephen Siwek, a consultant at Economist Incorporated, discusses how the cost of piracy is determined.
Posted In: piracy, Stop Online Piracy Act, SOPA, PIPA

Buffett ready to match GOP tax donations

The billionaire will match the contributions made by Rep. Scott Rigell to pay down the national debt. But he's still waiting for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make a contribution.
Posted In: debt, national debt, Warren Buffett

Price of oil rises slightly above $100 a barrel

Saudi Arabia is using a steady hand to ensure stable prices of oil, even if that means increasing supply. It's in their best economic interest.
Posted In: Oil, Saudi Arabia

The economy is a ball and chain around Obama's ankle

Commentator Todd Buchholz says Americans aren't afraid to fire the president when times are tough.
Posted In: 2012 election, politics

Republicans no shoe-in to retake presidency

Commentator Jamal Simmons says weak GOP candidates give Obama the edge despite economy.
Posted In: 2012 election, politics

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Spectacular [Instrumental]
Dujeous
The Mashed Up Mixes (Diplo / Haul & Mason Remixes)
Narrow Sun
Fool's Gold
Digital Love
Daft Punk
God vs. Money (Instrumental)
Matlock