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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 13, 2013

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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. 

Segments From this episode

Dog catcher more popular than IRS commissioner

Dec 13, 2013
John Koskinen is expected to be recommended for confirmation as IRS commissioner.

Mish-mash of tax credits about to expire

Dec 13, 2013
This story about 55 tax breaks about to expire starts in an unlikely place: Barn 63 at the Belmont Race Track in Belmont, N.Y., at the stall of a pretty brown horse with a white star on her forehead.

Webrooming, it's like reverse 'showrooming'

Dec 13, 2013
Brick and mortar retailers are hitting back against customers who shop in the store, but buy online.

First step, you win the Mega Millions lottery. Next step?

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Dec 13, 2013
You hit the jackpot: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?

Ireland's economy is about to move out of intensive care

Dec 13, 2013
Ireland's bailout comes to an official end on Sunday.

So, what happens -- and to whom -- if Congress doesn't extend unemployment benefits?

Dec 13, 2013
1.3 million people take an immediate hit, but that number would go up throughout the year.

How will the budget deal ease sequestration?

Dec 13, 2013
The House of Representatives has passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration?

PODCAST: The budget deal and the sequester

Dec 13, 2013
The House passed a budget agreement aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. How will it affect the sequestration? A mish-mash of tax credits about to expire. And, you just won the lotto: Should you take the lump sum, or is there more advantage in agreeing to regular payouts?

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. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC