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Marketplace for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007
Dec 13, 2007

Marketplace for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007

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Why aren't energy, food in inflation rate?

Dec 13, 2007
The Labor Department today said that wholesale inflation was at 3.4 percent -- the biggest jump since the Vietnam era. But then the guys with the green eye shades came along with a much lower "core rate" that's minus food and energy costs. Why? John Dimsdale reports.

Baseball's full of cheaters

Dec 13, 2007
Former Senator George Mitchell's report on illegal drug use in Major League Baseball was released today. Every team in the league had either a player or former player on the list. Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes magazine talked about the report with Kai Ryssdal.

Spending bills stall with slim majority

Dec 13, 2007
The federal fiscal year started more than two months ago but Congress still hasn't passed 11 of the 12 spending bills to fund the government. And that's not the only economic legislation that's going nowhere. Jill Barshay reports.

New rules proposed for 401(k)s

Dec 13, 2007
About 50 million of us contribute to 401(k)s. But returns can vary widely, in part because of the fees we pay to plan administrators. Today the Labor Department proposed some new rules. Jeremy Hobson reports.

Taxpayers, IRS caught in AMT jam

Dec 13, 2007
Congress and the White House are still trying to come to terms on a deal to fix the Alternative Minimum Tax. Both taxpayers and the IRS are caught in the middle. Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland talks with Kai Ryssdal about problems ahead.
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Big Easy gets harder for the poor

Dec 13, 2007
The city of New Orleans is planning to demolish four huge public housing developments to make way for new, more expensive buildings. Activists say the new New Orleans may not be making enough room for the poor. Jeff Tyler reports.

Charitable tax credits promote giving

Dec 13, 2007
Commentator Hunter Lewis says there's more the United States can do to make giving more affordable. All that's needed is a little change to the tax code.

Giving goes online, too

Dec 13, 2007
Nonprofits are using online auctions and social networks to increase giving. And they're learning that sometimes you have to give a little to get a lot more. Janet Babin reports.

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The Moneymaker Rilo Kiley
The Moneymaker Rilo Kiley
The Moneymaker Rilo Kiley