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After Fruitless Weekend, Congress Still Seeks Fiscal Deal

Both the House and the Senate were in session Sunday evening, but a bipartisan push by Senate leaders fell short. Monday is the last day to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts, though Congress may still reach a deal over the next few days.
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Europe Fails To Stimulate Growth In 2012

Europe spent much of this year trying to hold its common currency pact together. Greece, Spain, Italy and other countries flirted with disaster as interest rates spiked, forcing the debtor nations to accept austerity programs. The turmoil was bad enough to push much of the eurozone into recession.
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The Fiscal Cliff: A Love Story

Wonks from across the political spectrum look at the upside of the cliff.
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Death Of The (Predatory) Salesman: These Days, It's A Buyer's Market

In his new book, To Sell Is Human, Daniel H. Pink describes how access to information has empowered buyers and dramatically changed the sales landscape. Caveat emptor — buyer beware — is still good advice, Pink says, but so is caveat venditor — seller beware.
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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.
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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."
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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.

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