Feb 20, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 20, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 20, 2009

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Debt is a target on U.S. military radar

Feb 20, 2009
Military personnel with outstanding legal debts are barred from overseas duty or security clearances, which keeps thousands of U.S. troops from doing their jobs. So the Pentagon is tackling the problem. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

China concerned with 'Buy American'

Feb 20, 2009
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads to Beijing, where Chinese leaders are concerned about the "Buy American" clause in the stimulus package. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Scott Tong about why China and the U.S. are both worried.

B of A subpoenaed over Merrill bonuses

Feb 20, 2009
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis on an investigation into whether the bank misled investors about bonuses and losses at Merrill Lynch. Janet Babin reports.

Saab trying to break away from GM

Feb 20, 2009
Saab has filed for bankruptcy protection today in Sweden. The company has also applied to cut itself loose from owner General Motors to find a buyer. Stephen Beard reports why many Swedes blame GM for the mess.

Veterans' new war is a bad economy

Feb 20, 2009
Services for homeless veterans have improved over the last decade, but the stagnating economy and job losses have created a rise in needy vets. Steve Henn explores the issues vets may have upon return from duty.

Oscars a little less lavish this year

Feb 20, 2009
The Academy Awards may be taking it down a notch this year in terms of spending, but the parties are still going on. Bill Radke talks to Variety's Mike Speier about where Oscar will be cutting back this year.

A safety net for the self-employed

Feb 20, 2009
The self-employed are traditionally left without an official safety net and are out of luck if work dries up. The Freelancers Union wants Congress to help this independent chunk of the workforce. Bob Moon reports.

The team

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