Marketplace for Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York says that middle-aged people are the ones struggling the most with student loans. The new numbers on housing look positive, but should we take the news with a grain of salt? The state of Washington is now allowing Facebook users to register to vote on the popular social networking site. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau will be begin regulating credit rating agencies. Reporter Eve Troeh takes a look at the new summer vacation in light of the recent economy. And writer Dave Eggers talks about his new book, "A Hologram for the King," which mirrors the rise and fall of American manufacturing with the struggles of an aging businessman.

'Dark Knight Rises' hits economic inequality theme

The new Batman film is an action flick spiced with an undercurrent of economic inequality. Bruce Wayne, after all, is a one-percenter.
Posted In: The Dark Knight Rises, Batman, film, Entertainment, Occupy Wall Street

A new cop on the credit reporting beat

New government oversight could give consumers more power.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, credit score

In Dave Eggers' 'Hologram,' the fall of U.S. manufacturing

In his new novel, "A Hologram for the King," Dave Eggers muses on manufacturing and the global economy though the eyes of a struggling American businessman in Saudi Arabia.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah Economic City, Economy, Dave Eggers

Register to vote via Facebook?

The State of Washington's elections office is working with Microsoft to allow voters to register via social networking giant Facebook.
Posted In: Facebook, Washington, voting

New home construction highest since 2008

But there's much further to go to return to a normal pace of home-building.
Posted In: Housing

Older students lead loan delinquents

Surprisingly -- or not so surprising -- 40- to 49-year-olds have the most delinquent student loan debt.
Posted In: student debt, student loan debt

The economy bypasses San Bernardino

The Southern California city considers bankruptcy, after the departure or collapse of successive industries left it unable to pay for fire, police and other services.
Posted In: San Bernardino, bankruptcy, McDonald's, california

Ben Bernanke testifies before the House

Quite literally, it was nothing we hadn't heard before.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke

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Rockin' The Suburbs
Ben Folds
Chromakey Dreamcoat
Boards Of Canada
Wasted Days
Cloud Nothings
Cruel Summer
Bananarama