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Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has passed a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cuts, and has agreed to continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, reports the Associated Press.

Democratic and Republican leaders went with a short-term extension after failing to agree on big enough spending cuts to pay for a full-year renewal of the payroll tax cut. According to AP, the 2-percentage point tax cut affects 160 million taxpayers, and the weekly jobless payments average about $300 for millions of people who have been out of work for six months or more.

The measure was approved by an 89-10 vote.

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Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything'

The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.
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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

According to a recent report from the Danish government, Danes now throw away 25 percent less food than they did five years ago. Supermarkets are doing their part by selling older food at a discount.
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The Influence Of The Latino Vote in 2016

In 2016, an estimated 13.1 million Latino voters are expected to cast a ballot. We look at the growing influence of the Latino vote and who makes up this demographic.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation" (Rebroadcast)

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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