Feb 10, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 10, 2012

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First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to make Americans healthier isn't stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order…

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First Lady's 'Let's Move' program expands to military

Feb 10, 2012
Michelle Obama will announce a Pentagon venture to make the food offerings in the U.S. military more healthy. It’s the first change to military rations in 20 years.

Rep. Spencer Bachus faces insider trading allegations

Feb 10, 2012
In the midst of debates that could potentially tighten the rules on insider trading in Washington, the head of the House Financial Services Committee faces serious allegations.

Why 8.3% unemployment may not be so great

Feb 10, 2012
Last week, we got news that the unemployment rate is down, but that number includes people who have dropped out of the labor force. Is this number as good as we thought?

Hasbro to team up with Zynga

Feb 10, 2012
Toymaker Hasbro is teaming up with the online gaming company Zynga -- but it's not the old school Hasbro that's trying to climb the ladder into Internet games.

Ambassador Ron Kirk on U.S. trade relations

Feb 10, 2012
President Obama said in his State of the Union that he wanted stricter enforcement of U.S. trade rules. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk discusses the details of what's to come.

Digging deeper into the lives of CEOs

Feb 10, 2012
From Lloyd Blankfein's support of gay marriage to Steve Jobs' high school GPA, why do we know more about the lives of CEOs than ever before?

President Obama to announce 2013 budget

Feb 10, 2012
President Obama unveils his budget for next year on Monday, at a community college just outside of Washington, D.C. But how serious is this executive branch wish list in a gridlocked Washington?

PODCAST: Greek protests, a Pizza Hut Valentine

Feb 10, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to make Americans healthier isn't stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order…
Protestors face the police during a demonstration involving thousands of civilians on February 10, 2012 in Athens, Greece.
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Protests in Athens over latest proposed cuts

Feb 10, 2012
Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. But even the most recent austerity deal Greece proposed might not be enough.

Guinness, Johnnie Walker owner sees rising profits

Feb 10, 2012
Diageo, the alcoholic drinks giant that owns brands like Guinness and Johnnie Walker, says that its profits rose 15 percent last year despite flat sales in beleaguered Europe.

Bank settlement to bail out some underwater homeowners

Feb 10, 2012
Yesterday's $25 billion agreement between five big U.S. banks and state attorneys general could help some three million homeowners who owe more than their homes are currently worth.

Greeks protesting at another critical moment for Europe

Feb 10, 2012
A day after the government submitted a budget cutting plan that’s needed in order for Greece to get more bailout money, there are huge strikes over the cuts going on in Athens today.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s plan to make Americans healthier isn’t stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. The unemployment rate dropped last month to 8.3 percent, but some economists say the news isn’t as good as it sounds. And big drinks companies are fighting in what some might call “whiskey wars.”

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