Oct 4, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for October 4, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for October 4, 2011

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Campaign finance, lobbying major roadblocks to effective government

Oct 4, 2011
In Lawrence Lessig's new book, he outlines how Washington has been corrupted by money, and how we can fix it.

Mid-day Extra: Oktoberfest on a budget

Oct 4, 2011
This year's Oktoberfest had significantly higher prices as a result of the global financial downturn.

Suskind: Obama was too conciliatory during financial crisis

Oct 4, 2011
Obama has many new ideas on the table to help solve our economic problems in the U.S. But journalist Ron Suskin says in previous tough situations, Obama hasn't been tough enough.

U.S. secretary of commerce on the importance of free trade deals

Oct 4, 2011
Trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea are on the table in Washington. We speak to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank about why we need to support such deals.

Ben Bernanke on the grill again

Oct 4, 2011
The Fed chairman heads to Capitol Hill to explain his policies. If Bernanke's mandate were only to control inflation, and not unemployment, he might act differently.

Chinese infrastructure is growing too fast for some

Oct 4, 2011
The rapid growth of infrastructure in China is causing some to question whether growth is worth a tradeoff for safety.

Rumors fly about today's Apple product announcement

Oct 4, 2011
Speculation about today's Apple product announcement, the first since Steve Jobs stepped down, includes the possibility of a 'virtual personal assistant.'

European bank Dexia brought down by euro debt crisis

Oct 4, 2011
Europe has been worried about the banking system being hurt by the bad debt of countries like Greece, Spain, and Italy. Now the bank Dexia is being propped-up by the governments of France and Belgium.

Report: Fannie Mae knew about foreclosure abuses

Oct 4, 2011
A report by the inspector general now shows that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac knew about foreclosure wrongdoing, like robosigning, before 2010. Now, homeowners may be allowed to appeal the previous decisions.

Juli Niemann: Gas prices should fall soon

Oct 4, 2011
Juli Niemann, an analyst with Smith Moore and Company in St. Louis, tells us why gas prices should soon be dropping.

The next step for Apple

Oct 4, 2011
Today marks Tim Cook's first Apple product announcement as CEO. Can he live up to the legacy of Steve Jobs, long known for his keynote addresses?

Dexia trouble could spread to American cities

Oct 5, 2011
The Belgian bank Dexia is in trouble, running out of cash because it owns so much European debt. But the bank's failure could also affect many American cities.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC