Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The founder and CEO of Facebook beats out trapped Chilean miners and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to earn the venerable magazine's annual award.

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Stephen Beard about government credit ratings, particularly in regards to Spain and Belgium. But one British fund manager believes that the U.S. could face a credit dip as well.

Nancy Pelosi's "Green the Capitol" initiative was supposed to reduce the House's carbon footprint. But it wasn't wholly successful, and critics complained it was a waste of money. It may be on the chopping block once the GOP takes over the House.

Ten years ago, Cuba, Mo., was considered "middle America" according to U.S. census data. Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio revisits the city today to see if it still fits the type.

Federal agencies are beginning to shape the rules under Congress's financial overhaul, also known as the Dodd-Frank law. And it's set to be a long process.

Rare earths are the metals commonly found in cell phones and hybrid cars, and the U.S. is ready to jump back into the industry. Molycorp Inc. is re-opening a rare earths mine in California.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Lazy Eye -- Silversun Pickups Buy
  • Tonight, Tonight -- Smashing Pumpkins Buy
  • Alpha Beta Gaga -- Air Buy
  • Lunar Sea -- Camera Obscura Buy
  • O.N.E. -- Yeasayer Buy

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