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Will Sunday's Super Bowl be worth what it costs the taxpayers of New Jersey? Are local subsidies for stadiums, workout facilities, direct operating costs -- and "inducement payments" for staying in town -- enriching millionaire owners at public expense? We talk about that, and the Seahawks and Broncos. Also, President Obama signals that he's open to the GOP immigration plan, and memorializing yourself and your loved ones… online.

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Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Obama Signals He's Open to GOP Immigration Plan

This week's House Republican retreat on the Eastern Shore of Maryland may lead to a breakthrough on immigration reform. The emerging GOP plan would provide legal status to most undocumented immigrants, leading the way to legal permanent residence and a green card. Citizenship would not be guaranteed. Speaking today on CNN, President Obama reacted positively to the news. Alan Gomez is immigration reporter for USA Today.

Guests:
Alan Gomez, USA Today (@alangomez)

NFL: the 'Nonprofit Football League' 35 MIN, 37 SEC

The National Football League is a tax-exempt nonprofit — even though it makes $10 billion in revenue every year. Individual teams are taxed, but they're also heavily subsidized by states and cities across the country, enriching their wealthy owners. Nobody knows if Sunday's 48th Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, the most expensive in history, will compensate New Jersey taxpayers for security, transportation and trash collection. We debate the public cost of America's newest "national pastime."

Guests:
Andrew Brandt, ESPN (@adbrandt)
Andrew Zimbalist, Smith College
Mark Rosentraub, University of Michigan (@UMKines)
Jason Belzer, GAME, Inc. (@JasonBelzer)

A Virtual Gravestone for Your Loved Ones 7 MIN, 40 SEC

As the personal technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Geoffrey Fowler usually writes about smart phones and other digital devices. But earlier this month after unexpected e-mail "knocked the wind out" of him with the news that an old friend had passed away, he began surfing the net in a search for options for online memorials.

Guests:
Geoffrey Fowler, Wall Street Journal (@geoffreyfowler)

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