Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Dec 17, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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The bipartisan budget deal that will avoid a government shutdown gets a key vote in the Senate this morning. And it could pass the Senate as soon as Wednesday, giving Congress some "breathing room" to tackle big issues, like entitlement reform and tax reform -- at least, that's how the thinking goes. Today, the German Parliament confirmed arguably the most powerful leader in Europe for a new term. Chancellor Angela Merkel has also opted to keep her stern finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, in place, with global implications. And, this week Marketplace is looking at the future of coal, the fuel that built industrial America. When you think of coal, what comes to mind? Appalachia? Soot? Climate change? If you ask tribal members on the Crow Reservation that question, they might say life.

Segments From this episode

'Breathing room' in Congress? Don't hold your breath

Dec 17, 2013
There are plenty of issues that still need to be dealt with before any grand bargain -- everything from the Farm Bill to unemployment insurance to the debt limit.

Do we really need more Beatles releases?

Dec 17, 2013
No, but Apple Records does, to protect the group's copyrights.

Is antibacterial soap actually making us sicker?

Dec 17, 2013
Antibacterial products are a billion dollar industry. But the FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.
The FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.
Flickr user peapod labs/Creative Commons

A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

Dec 17, 2013
The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.

Angela Merkel formally voted into third term as German chancellor

Dec 17, 2013
Today, the German Parliament confirmed arguably the most powerful leader in Europe for a new term.

PODCAST: FDA wants answers about antibacterial soap

Dec 17, 2013
The FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap. Some women in Silicon Valley are trying to change gender dynamics. And, 59 new Beatles songs come out today. Why?

Why one company wants to hire more women in tech

Dec 17, 2013
Alongside the tales of the newly, minted, young male billionaire tech entrepreneurs, another narrative is bubbling: The absence of women.

The bipartisan budget deal that will avoid a government shutdown gets a key vote in the Senate this morning. And it could pass the Senate as soon as Wednesday, giving Congress some “breathing room” to tackle big issues, like entitlement reform and tax reform — at least, that’s how the thinking goes. Today, the German Parliament confirmed arguably the most powerful leader in Europe for a new term. Chancellor Angela Merkel has also opted to keep her stern finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, in place, with global implications. And, this week Marketplace is looking at the future of coal, the fuel that built industrial America. When you think of coal, what comes to mind? Appalachia? Soot? Climate change? If you ask tribal members on the Crow Reservation that question, they might say life.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC