Marketplace Morning Report

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 13, 2013

First General Motors, now all of Ireland. This week, the U.S. government sold its remaining stake in the automotive company -- a stake acquired to help GM stay in business during the great financial collapse. This weekend, Ireland will finish with its European Union bailout. Today, the Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on a new leader of the IRS. John Koskinen faces a tough road ahead, helping the agency recover from scandal and carrying out the IRS piece of the new health care law. And, retailers gnash their teeth and call it "showrooming."  You may call it "comparison shopping" -- the tendency to check out the merchandise IRL but then buy online if the price is right. But the non-digital stores, the ones that exist in three dimensions, are responding with tactics of their own. 

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) moments before announcing a bipartisan budget deal on December 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. They look pretty pleased with themselves. But is everyone happy? 
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Marketplace Morning Report®, hosted by David Brancaccio, kicks your weekday off right. Now a regular segment on NPR’s Morning Edition®, it’s a dash of news to go with that first cup of coffee. Get a global perspective on what’s making the business news headlines, airing up to five times each morning.