Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday December 11, 2014
Airing Thursday Dec. 11, 2014: Congressional leaders seem confident they can reach a deal keep the government funded before Thursday's midnight deadline. But there's growing opposition to one element in particular of their proposed trillion-dollar spending bill. And Disney is getting into the educational app business. It's rolling out a series of math apps for preschoolers. Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters will do the teaching. But smaller app developers may be the ones getting the real lesson in what happens when a marketing behemoth joins the class. Plus, our coverage about economic renewal in Congo continues this morning with a look at gold mining. A lot of that happens in the shadow economy with gold smuggled out or controlled by armed groups there. The Congolese government is trying to bring order to the industry by putting operations into the hands of multinationals in return for desperately needed tax revenue.