Playlist: Stock exchange mergers and weekly jobless numbers

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Thursday February 10, 2011

Just one day after the London Stock Exchange announced a merger with the Toronto Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext announced it is nearing a buy-out agreement with Deutsche Borse of Germany. David Gura has more.

A bill in Washington state would tax electric vehicle drivers for the gas they aren't using to power their cars. As Sarah Gardner reports, it's all about finding new ways to pay for growing budget deficits.

As companies release their earnings reports, Marketplace's economics correspondent Chris Farrell pinpoints the important sectors of the economy.

Jordan is one of the most oil-dependent countries in the Middle East. And the unrest in Egypt has many in Jordan worried that their already-expensive energy costs could rise even further. Stephen Beard reports from Amman.

As New York Fashion week begins, some designers are backing a bill in Washington that would give their work copyright protection. Janet Babin reports from the runway.

The Congressional Oversight Panel that oversees the TARP program has released a report on executive bonuses at bailed out financial institutions. Former Democratic Senator Ted Kaufman, who chairs the Congressional Oversight Panel, explains the report's findings.

The U.S. Labor Department announced this morning that the weekly jobless claims fell to the lowest level in nearly three years. House republicans think that some government regulation is getting in the way of new jobs. David Gura explains.

A contract showdown between NFL owners and players is approaching, and a lockout would have wide economic ripples.

Republicans on Wednesday announced a plan to save $35 billion by eliminating dozens of federal programs and cutting funding from others. Jeremy Hobson speaks with Diane Swonk, chief economist of Mesirow Financial, about the proposed budget cuts.

Here are the songs we played:

  • The Only One -- The Black KeysBuy
  • Everything Hits at Once -- SpoonBuy
  • I Was Never Young -- Of Montreal Buy
  • 4 Dead Monks -- Red SnapperBuy
  • Smoothie Song -- Nickel Creek Buy

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