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Solyndra Highlights Long History Of Energy Subsidies

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill Thursday over loans to the failed solar firm. But the government has a long history of subsidizing many kinds of energy, from coal to oil to wind. Still, different sectors disagree on whether tax deductions should be considered a subsidy.
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A New York Town Pulls Funds From Big Bank

Tens of thousands of Americans moved their money out of major banks over the past few weeks as part of a nationwide protest against their policies. Now activists across the country are urging local governments to do the same. The Village of Hempstead is one of the first municipalities to take that step.
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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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NYC Taxi Medallions Fetch 'Unbelievable' Returns

A taxi medallion gives the bearer the right to pick up rides for hire — and it turns out it's also a great investment vehicle. Two New York City medallions recently sold for a record $1 million each, around a 1,000 percent increase since 1980. How did they get so valuable?
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What, If Anything, Will Speed Economic Recovery?

Despite a constant flow of economic setbacks at home and abroad, the U.S. economy has been growing. But it hasn't been growing swiftly or adding many jobs. Steve Inskeep talks with David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, and Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist, about how the U.S. will generate economic growth in the future.

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