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The Politics Hour - February 5, 2016

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a run for his old Ward 7 Council seat. The Supreme Court won't challenge Virginia’s newly drawn Congressional districts. And Maryland’s former governor Martin O'Malley drops out of the presidential race.

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Obama Celebrates 'Durable Economy' As Unemployment Drops Below 5 Percent

The January jobs report indicated unemployment was at 4.9 percent, the lowest rate since the recession. But the U.S. only added 151,000 jobs, missing economists' expectations of 190,000 new jobs.
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Jobless Rate Dipped To 4.9 Percent In January

After a hiring spree in the final three months of 2015, U.S. employers added just 151,000 jobs last month.
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Rental Property Shortages Contribute To Record High Rents

A new report from the Commerce Department finds that rents have hit historic highs. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman about the state of the rental market.
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With Oil Prices Languishing, Shell Reports 80 Percent Drop In Earnings

The company is the latest industry giant to report huge drops in earnings from 2014 to 2015. BP, Exxon and Chevron have also seen their revenues fall steeply.
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House Hearing Probes The Mystery Of High Drug Prices That 'Nobody Pays'

After controversial pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli left the hearing on Capitol Hill, the representatives' attention turned to why prices for some drugs are rising so steeply.
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Martin Shkreli Takes The Fifth, But Can't Resist Firing Back

The former pharmaceutical executive appeared before a House committee hearing on drug prices, and for once tried to stay silent.
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Morocco Unveils A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Sahara

The Noor I solar thermal power plant is the first phase of a project that's projected to provide more than a million Moroccans with electricity — even once the sun has gone down.
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Matt LeBlanc Is Joining The BBC's 'Top Gear' Car Show

"Hey everyone, I'm really honored and looking forward to working on Top Gear," the former Friends star said Thursday. He has been a guest on the show several times.
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Cable TV News Named As Most Helpful Source This Election

A new survey from Pew Research Center finds a high level of engagement in election news. In addition to cable TV, social media and radio are still important sources for many. Print media, not so much.

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