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Katharine Crnko Dec 30, 2010

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Thursday, December 30, 2010

New figures out from the the Controller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision show just how much trouble the housing market still faces.

House Republicans are about to consider a proposal that will set money aside for highway maintenance, but that’s just one of the government programs seeking funding right now.

Jeremy Hobson speaks to economics correspondent Chris Farrell about a wrap up of 2010, and looking forward to 2011.

Retail spending was up this holiday season, a good sign after an otherwise dismal spending year. But 2011 might be a year of growth.

Pope Benedict signed a document to make the Vatican’s financial operations more transparent. And to make sure they comply with international regulations. The Vatican’s bank is currently under investigation for money laundering.

Because Congress didn’t pass a budget, taxpayers will be spending $500 million on a NASA program that’s been canceled.

For the first time in year, airlines could be profitable again, but is this good or bad for customers? Peter Cohan explains.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Designated Wizard Practice Area — Belbury PolyBuy
  • What Goes Around — Justin TimberlakeBuy
  • The Ice of Boston — The Dismemberment PlanBuy
  • Working for Vacation — Cibo MattoBuy

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