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Feb 4, 2009

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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The best way to move the economy

Feb 4, 2009
Republicans and some Democrats want more tax cuts and less spending in the stimulus package. It's a popular position, but commentator Robert Reich says the focus needs to be on what's good for the economy as a whole.

Recession could help smokers quit

Feb 4, 2009
You might think the stress of a bad economy would lead more people to smoke, but historically financial downturns have made people smoke less. Dan Grech reports why the recession encourages smoking cessation.

Obama to cap pay of bailout execs

Feb 4, 2009
President Obama unveiled new salary caps today for companies receiving bailout money. The administration is looking at a $500,000 cap to prevent CEOs from riding "high on the hog." Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.

Are new ethics laws ethical enough?

Feb 4, 2009
President Obama's nomination of former Senate Majority leader Tom Daschle to his cabinet has some raising questions about Obama's new ethics rules. Tamara Keith explores the line dividing government officials and lobbyists.

Where stimulus money will go first

Feb 4, 2009
The economic stimulus package is working its way through the Senate to the president's desk. Once signed, who will be the first to receive aid? John Dimsdale reports low-income Americans may be among the first recipients.

HSBC target in Lehman Brothers lawsuit

Feb 4, 2009
Investors in Hong Kong are planning a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against London-based bank HSBC over the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Stephen Beard explains why the British bank is a good target and why more lawsuits may follow.

House on small business health care

Feb 4, 2009
Today a House committee will explore the challenge small businesses face to cover their employees. Some reformers want to mandate employers provide insurance or pay into a government fund. Mitchell Hartman reports.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC