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A Tough Year For Unions, With Few Bright Spots Ahead

This year, two states passed right-to-work laws, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall attempt. Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect says the future for organized labor remains bleak.

Obama 'Modestly Optimistic' On Cliff Deal; 'He Won,' Says Graham

President Obama went on air to levy pressure on Congress Sunday as Senate leaders worked to negotiate a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." Graham said the odds of a last-minute deal are "exceedingly good."

Housing Made A Big Turnaround In 2012

The year 2012 might be remembered as the year the housing market finally turned around. Home prices for the year are expected to rise about 6 percent, but foreclosures remain a problem in some areas, though less so than in recent years. Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

Retail Workers Bear Brunt Of Sluggish Holiday Sales

Early sales numbers suggest it was a lackluster season for retailers, and slow holiday sales mean fewer opportunities for retail workers hoping to make holiday temp jobs permanent.

Hollywood Writer's Gongs Still Going Strong

The gong business is still a hit for Andrew Borakove, a comedy television writer turned gong salesmen. Despite the rocky economy, his doors have been open for eight years. "We've watched the world go up and down," he says, "but when you're selling gongs, there's no up or down, it's just round."

Facebook, Apple Part Of Big Year For Business News

Weekend Edition Saturday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about the business news stories of a very busy 2012, which turned out to be a good year for some, not so much for others.