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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday November 5, 2014

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As you’ve been hearing, come January, Republicans will control both houses of Congress, with a new slim majority in the Senate and the largest majority in the House since the Harry Truman administration. Republicans will not have the numbers on their own to override Presidential vetos, so sweeping legislative changes are unlikely in the next two years. But the new Congress and the White House might find common ground in a key area that could affect businesses and the labor market. More on that. And though they’re in a lame duck session, there are still some economic priorities Congress must address before the year is out, most notably in coming up with a way to keep the government funded past December 12. Plus, Disney’s Mickey Mouse takes issue with the “mouse head” logo of a Canadian techno DJ. We look at the intellectual property battle headed to court.

Segments From this episode

Lame duck Congress still has plenty to do

by Nova Safo Nov 5, 2014
The government must pass a spending bill by mid-December.

Trademark law: Why Disney is fighting a Canadian DJ

by Stan Alcorn Nov 5, 2014
A face-off is taking place between two famous mice: Mickey Mouse and Deadmau5.

The economics of a runoff election

by Sally Herships Nov 5, 2014
How is money raised and spent in a runoff election?
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: The number to watch besides unemployment

by David Brancaccio Nov 5, 2014
Election results, and the jobs number for October.

The new common ground for Congress: trade

by Kate Davidson Nov 5, 2014
More on the two major trade deals being negotiated by the Obama Administration.

The labor force participation rate is at a low point (updated)

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 7, 2014
While the unemployment rate has improved, other statistics tell a different story.

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