Segments From this episode
There are now more than 10 million people nationwide getting unemployment checks. And with federal subsidies, the maximum length of time they can keep getting a check is 99 weeks. But people may run out of benefits before they reach that point because Congress hasn't acted to keep funding the program. The House passed a bill to extend benefits, but the Senate left town without doing anything.
You may have driven a Ford lately, but probably not a Mercury. Mercury sales are down 74 percent over the last decade, and reports say Ford plans to close down the Mercury brand. Brett Neely reports.
Toys "R" Us is growing up. It plans to go public. The toy seller was a public company five years ago, but then it was one of many companies bought by private investors during boom times. Jeff Horwich reports this is a sticky time for the toy retailer to try to get its money back.
Lawmakers in Washington are considering an offer of limited government help for a pension plan favored by truckers and construction workers that's been hit hard by the financial crisis. But that could create a precedent for taxpayer bailouts of struggling pension plans. John Dimsdale reports.
Felix Salmon from Reuters and John Carney, senior editor at CNBC, talk with Bob Moon about what to make of the stock market plunging in May and the proposal for banks to report the true value of their loans.
Marketplace for Friday, May 25, 2010