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Marketplace for Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Which political party do Americans prefer right now, and who are the year’s most admired men and women? Jeremy Hobson gets the answers in the latest Attitude Check with Gallup. U.S. ethanol subsidies are set to expire in January, and sustainability correspondent Scott Tong looks at the myths surrounding another energy source, Canada’s oil sands. A Chinese Internet company could try to buy Yahoo. The Occupy message is spreading to church sermons. Commentator Kristina Wong offers her predictions for what New Year’s Eve 2012 will be like. And Stephen Beard takes a look back at the tumulutous year for Europe.

Segments From this episode


2012: The year in review (that's not a typo)

by Kristina Wong Dec 29, 2011
Commentator Kristina Wong gives her summary of the year that was... 2012, a few months early.

Should China's Alibaba be allowed to buy Yahoo?

by Heidi Moore Dec 29, 2011
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba wants full ownership of Yahoo. But national security concerns might stop any deal.
Occupy Wall St.

Preaching the Occupy gospel -- or not

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 29, 2011
Some sermons praise Occupy for raising concern about those in need. Other pastors say Jesus did not endorse an economic or political view.
Final Note

A Super PAC switches GOP candidate support

by Jeremy Hobson Dec 29, 2011
Citizens for a Working America had once planned to support Michele Bachmann. It then bought an ad in Iowa for Mitt Romney's campaign.

Keystone XL oil sands myths and half-truths

by Scott Tong Dec 29, 2011
As a White House decision looms in February, analysts fact-check the Keystone XL pipeline debate.
Attitude Check

America's opinion on Washington before the Iowa caucuses

by Frank Newport Dec 29, 2011
How do Americans feel about all the GOP candidates before next Tuesday? Also, Gallup's most admired people of 2011, and gauging support for the Democrats and the Republicans after the payroll tax cuts showdown.

2011 in review: Europe's debt crisis

by Stephen Beard Dec 29, 2011
The continent has had a dramatic year. The debt crisis seems to be in check right now, but there’s no telling what might happen next year.

Ethanol subsidy set to expire

by David Gura Dec 29, 2011
The decades-old tax credit goes away this weekend, without anyone really noticing.

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