Aug 2, 2011

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Labor too expensive? Get a robot

Aug 2, 2011
Chinese factory owner Foxconn assembles iPads and iPhones and has now announced that in the next few years it will replace a portion of its workforce -- with robots.

Iceland strongly recovering from bankruptcy

Aug 2, 2011
Iceland's entire financial system collapsed three years ago, and despite being unable to bail itself out of trouble, the country is already recovering quickly and strongly. What can the Eurozone learn from this?

D.C. Metro's escalators cause transit nightmare

Aug 2, 2011
Only 60 percent of the Metro's 600 escalators in Washington, D.C. are functioning at any one time, adding an obstacle to riders' commutes

Senators meet on mortgage servicers

Aug 2, 2011
Right now there are no rules governing mortgage servicers, the people who take a borrower's monthly payments and distribute the money to investors. The Senate Banking Committee debates some new standards today

Health care on the chopping block in an age of austerity

Aug 2, 2011
Medicare and health care cuts are back on the table in Washington as the debt-ceiling deal heads to the Senate for a vote this morning.

What happens to a country after a debt downgrade?

Aug 2, 2011
In Japan, a debt downgrade meant a generation of workers struggled to break away from hourly work to get into the more stable, salaried work-force.

FAA dispute centers on rural subsidies, union fight

Aug 2, 2011
Congress may not come to a decision on the FAA budget for at least month, curtailing about $200 million a week in tax revenues. That means no work for 4,000 agency employees and 70,000 construction workers.

After debt drama, Putin calls U.S. a "parasite"

Aug 2, 2011
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is "living beyond its means" and world should move away from U.S. dollar as reserve currency.

The debt ceiling and student loans: How the deal could affect your education

Aug 2, 2011
Some of the federal savings will come at the expense of graduate students who are losing a subsidized loan program which doesn't charge them any interest until months after they graduate.

Where's the debt ceiling after-party?

Aug 2, 2011
Analyst Juli Niemann explains that the U.S. Congress says it made tough choices -- without actually having made all those tough choices.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC