Jan 12, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 12, 2012

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Top fashion designers launch a campaign today to help raise money for President Obama's re-election, but when fashion gets political, there can be some complications. Marketplace's Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio explains the Fed's beige book. And a look at…

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Attitude Check: The American Standard of Living

Jan 12, 2012
How do Americans feel about their standard of living today compared to this time in 2008?

Orange juice prices on the rise thanks to 'perfect storm'

Jan 12, 2012
It has been a rough year for oranges -- first in Florida, and now in Brazil. The lack of the fruit is now causing orange juice prices to rise.

How campaign spending has changed since 2008

Jan 12, 2012
Today we found out President Obama and the Democrats raised $68 million in the last quarter of 2011, as the president seeks re-election. But this money is a bit... different.

Haiti marks earthquake’s second anniversary

Jan 12, 2012
Though billions of dollars of aid was promised after the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti two years ago, much reconstruction work remains to be done.

PODCAST: Obama's $68 million stash

Jan 12, 2012
Top fashion designers launch a campaign today to help raise money for President Obama's re-election, but when fashion gets political, there can be some complications. Marketplace's Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio explains the Fed's Beige Book. And a look at…
People crowd the sidewalk outside a house where US President Barack Obama stopped for a campaign event in Chicago, Ill., on January 11, 2012.
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Fashion designers fundraise for Obama

Jan 12, 2012
By supporting the Democratic president, designers risk alienating customers.

Super PACS helping to level the playing field

Jan 12, 2012
Republican candidates, thus far, are way behind President Obama in terms of campaign financing. But they are also turning to independent super PACS for funds.

Remittances to Latin America on the rise

Jan 12, 2012
Jobless claims had been on the decline over the past month or so, and with the unemployment rate going down, we have seen an uptick of Latino immigrant workers in this country, who are sending money back home.

Mid-day Extra: How football games help travel agencies

Jan 12, 2012
According to a recent article in the Vail Daily News, some Colorado area resorts are seeing a bounce in the number of reservations this week because of last weekend's Denver Broncos football game.

Making your own version of the Fed's Beige Book

Jan 12, 2012
The Federal Reserve's Beige Book is a review of economic trends in the country. The Fed's method of gathering data on the economy is pretty simple, though: Just calling around and asking.

Indiana makes a deal with Amazon on sales taxes

Jan 12, 2012
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels discusses his state’s new agreement for regulating and working with Amazon over sales taxes. The online retailer has been in dispute with a few states over collecting sales taxes.

The first $1 billion presidential candidate?

Jan 12, 2012
The Obama re-election campaign said this morning the campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $68 million in the last three months of 2011. Could he be on his way to topping the $1 billion mark by election day?

Top fashion designers launch a campaign today to help raise money for President Obama’s re-election, but when fashion gets political, there can be some complications. Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio explains the Fed’s beige book. And a look at the Haiti earthquake, which took place two years ago today, shows where all that donation money went.

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