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Mar 6, 2012

Marketplace for Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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On Super Tuesday, we explore how the extended, expensive GOP primary race could help state primaries that never mattered before -- in big media markets like California and New York. A new report says student loan debt now tops U.S.…

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Recognizing and addressing the problems of steep rent

Mar 6, 2012
The cost of rent in cities like L.A. or New York stands in the way of many people earning higher wages. Author Matthew Yglesias says the issue could be solved if cities loosen building regulations.

Green power vs. green power

Mar 6, 2012
Canadian hydroelectric projects could threaten domestic green energy start-ups.

The 'what ifs' in oil prices

Mar 6, 2012
Oil prices fell today on the possible resumption of nuclear talks between Iran, the U.S. and its allies. But would prices stay down for long?

Lehman Brothers emerges from bankruptcy

Mar 6, 2012
The company said it will start paying back its creditors next month. Investors can begin buying shares.

Chevy Volt picks up award, but not enough buyers

Mar 6, 2012
The Chevy Volt, known in Europe as the Ampera, has been named European Car of the Year. But in the United States, sales are sluggish.

VIDEO: Super PAC Mad Libs

Mar 6, 2012
Political cartoonist Mark Fiore lampoons the rise of the Super PAC in this short video animation

Student loan debt soars to record level

Mar 6, 2012
The amount U.S. graduates owe on education loans could become a bigger drag on the economy than the nation's total credit card debt.

IBM's Watson heads to Wall Street

Mar 6, 2012
IBM supercomputer Watson conquered "Jeopardy!" Then he got a job analyzing health records. Now, he may suit up for Citigroup.
A general view of IBM's 'Watson' computing system at a press conference to discuss the Man vs. Machine"Jeopardy!" competition at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center  in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The supercomputer conquered “Jeopardy!” Then he got a job analyzing health records. Now, he may suit up for Citigroup.
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Super PACs = Long primaries + big $ for local media

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Mar 6, 2012
The extended, expensive GOP primary race could help state primaries that never mattered before, in big media markets like California and New York.

On Super Tuesday, we explore how the extended, expensive GOP primary race could help state primaries that never mattered before — in big media markets like California and New York. A new report says student loan debt now tops U.S. credit card debt. IBM’s Watson will use its talents on Wall Street in a Citigroup deal. GM has announced that it’s temporarily suspending manufacture of the Chevy Volt. And Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore offers some super PAC satire.

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