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D.C. Inks $33M Tax Deal With LivingSocial

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The website LivingSocial is known for saving people money, but the company is set to receive it's own deal — courtesy of District taxpayers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill to save the daily-deal company LivingSocial nearly $33 million in taxes. In return, the company will pledge to keep its headquarters in D.C. and make sure that half of its new hires are District residents.

The Gray administration has pushed hard to attract technology companies to D.C., and often points to LivingSocial as a prime example of D.C.'s tech-friendly environment.

But critics of the deal, such as the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, question whether the city is giving too much away. The group says city leaders should have pushed harder for clawbacks, or penalties in the deal, in case Living Social doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

A second and final vote on the measure is set for next month.

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'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
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Chipotle's Food-Safety Woes? Don't Expect Sympathy From Rest Of Industry

Chipotle has scorned some mainstream farming practices, like GMOs and antibiotics. Now the fast-casual chain is taking hits over food safety, and past targets of its attacks are taking revenge.
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In Trump's German Ancestral Village, The Locals Are Not Impressed

"Ich bin ein Kallstadter," Donald Trump likes to say. But many of the villagers are more proud of other famous American descendants with links to Kallstadt: the Heinz family, of ketchup fame.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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