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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday September 10, 2014

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With President Obama’s prime-time address about national security tonight ahead of the September 11 anniversary, U.S. officials are looking at ways to curb the power of ISIS insurgents by cracking down on flows of cash. Plus, American small businesses are often cast as the engines of the economy, and there’s new data this week showing that optimism among the people who run smaller enterprises has hit a post-recession high. This from the National Federation of Independent Business, drawn from surveys in August. But what about hiring at small businesses? Not so much optimism there. And when a company moves to lower its U.S. tax bill through a controversial maneuver called an “inversion,” this can become a kitchen table issue. Marketplace regular Alan Sloan joins us to explain.

Segments From this episode

Some websites are slowing down today to make a point

by Queena Kim and Tony Wagner Sep 10, 2014
Many websites are simulating slowdowns on Wednesday to advocate for net neutrality.

Cheap produce and $60,000 bottles of cognac

by Marketplace Contributor Sep 10, 2014
Gifting legitimate alcohol is serious business in Chinese culture.
Mid-day Update

PODCAST: The spinning wheel of death

by David Brancaccio Sep 10, 2014
A cautious market stance, net neutrality protests, and Minecraft's big pricetag.

Small-business confidence is up, but owners won't hire

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 10, 2014
Small-business optimism is back to pre-recession levels, but owners are cautious.

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