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Apr 23, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 23, 2012

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France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace's David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money
of any…

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France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace's David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money of any…
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France is one step closer to replacing its conservative president with a socialist one. Ahead of the primaries tomorrow, Marketplace’s David Gura visited two zip codes in Manhattan separated by Central Park which have donated the most money
of any two neighborhoods in the country — just to opposite candidates. There’s a new lightbulb on sale this morning for the low low price of $60. And months after the Occupy Wall Street movement began, some members are looking towards public office.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC