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Playlist: Budget cuts and Bahrain

Katharine Crnko Feb 14, 2011

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Monday February 14, 2011

The uprising in Egypt has inspired protests in the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain. As Stephen Beard reports, the protests in Bahrain are more political than economic.

A cornerstone of President Obama’s agenda meets GOP resistance today in Washington, D.C. Scott Tong reports on opposition to clean energy funding.

The American Bar Association just finished a conference in Atlanta, Ga. focusing on the way lawyers get paid. Should clients continue to pay hourly wages or is a new system of value-based billing on the horizon? Jeremy Hobson speaks with Stephen Zack, president of the American Bar Association.

After Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, Switzerland froze the deposed leader’s assets in the country. Now, as experts prepare to assess Mubarak’s purported hidden wealth, Switzerland and the U.K. are encouraging other countries to do the same. The BBC’s Jon Bithrey reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports a U.S. government panel will recommend that President Obama veto a bid by China’s Huawai Technologies Co. to buy the assets of Bay Area developer 3Leaf Systems. Rob Schmitz reports.

President Obama has released his budget proposal for next year’s federal spending plan. The plan includes $1.1 trillion in cuts over the next decade. But Republicans already are saying Obama’s plan doesn’t cut it.

Many countries have faced the challenge and cost of organizing open elections.

President Obama will release his 2012 budget plan today. It’s expected to contain stringent spending cuts, but republicans already are staging their opposition. Jeremy Hobson speaks with Julia Coronado, chief economist at the investment bank BNP Paribas, about the proposal.

Until now, what stood between you and better cell phone coverage were unsightly, ugly cell towers. But the wireless industry says it has finally found a way to fill in the gaps — with much smaller antennas that can be hung on lamp-posts or buildings.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Modern Man — Arcade FireBuy
  • Around the World — Red Hot Chili PeppersBuy
  • Crash Years — The New PornographersBuy
  • Any Colour You Like — Easy Star All-StarsBuy
  • Smile Like You Mean It — The Killers Buy

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