Marketplace for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Stockton, Calif., has become the biggest American city to declare bankruptcy. Meanwhile, New Orleans is topping the list of metro areas that have been recovering well since the recession. One California county is considering using eminent domain to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages. Mexico will hold elections for a new president this Sunday, and some Mexican nationals here in the U.S. will have considerable influence. Tess Vigeland talks to a business owner in Colorado who lost his restaurant to the wildfires there. And the Wealth & Poverty Desk looks into who makes up the working class.

Consumer confidence down, not good for Obama

Gallup's editor-in-chief talks about the negative numbers on consumer confidence in the U.S., and how it might affect the presidential election.
Posted In: consumer confidence

Predictions on the health care decision tomorrow

Will the Supreme Court uphold the health care reform law? We spoke a different kind of expert about the matter.
Posted In: health care reform law

Just who are the white working class?

And why they do, or don’t, really matter in this year’s elections.
Posted In: 2012 election, working class

Mexico's pending election draws interest in U.S.

Around 50,000 people in the U.S. are registered to vote in Sunday’s Mexican presidential elections, and campaigning is in full swing.
Posted In: Mexico

Fires claim Colorado Springs icon

The Flying W is not just a ranch and restaurant -- it's an institution. Aaron Winter, the Flying W's director of sales and marketing, talks about what's next.
Posted In: colorado, wildfire

Gas and oil fuel cities to rebound

Metros with high-tech, manufacturing and reviving housing sectors also recover faster.
Posted In: New Orleans, cities, recession, recovery

Stockton: Largest U.S. city to declare bankruptcy

Stockton's Vice Mayor Kathy Miller has lived in the California city for 15 years. She talks about what the bankruptcy will mean for residents.
Posted In: stockton, bankruptcy

Can officials seize mortgages to save homeowners?

A hard-hit Southern California county is giving serious consideration to a plan to seize troublesome mortgages.
Posted In: Housing, eminent domain, foreclosure

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Let's Call It Off (Single Version)
Peter Bjorn And John
Spilt Milk (Inst)
Dujeous
Mathematics [Explicit]
Mos Def
This American Life (Instrumental) [Explicit]
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Animal (Mark Ronson Extended Remix)
Miike Snow