Playlist: Consumer Confidence

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Tuesday, December 28, 2010

It was a good holiday season for retailers and everyone was saying that the U.S. consumer was back. So you can understand everyone's surprise when the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index reported confidence fell in December.

Alabama got a $55 million bonus from the Obama administration this week for making it easier to sign up kids for insurance under Medicaid.

Coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide football team makes $5 million a year -- a salary which is hard to justify from a public university. But if coaches and football teams bring revenue to universities, are the benefits of a football team and expensive coaching staff worth the cost?

There's a new plan in the news that would force banks to reveal how big banker bonuses are, and why.

As China cuts back its rare earth exports, Estonia is stepping in to pick up the slack.

The two biggest days of the year for charitable donations are the last two days of the year. But in 2010, estimates are charity donations will be down ten percent. But this drop isn't in online giving.

Jeremy Hobson speaks to Juli Niemann about housing numbers and what that means for the economy.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Toxic -- Britney SpearsBuy
  • Sorrow -- Bad Religion Buy
  • No Sleep -- Sam RobertsBuy
  • Killing in the Name -- Rage Against the MachineBuy
  • I Wanna Be Your Lover -- PrinceBuy

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