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Living Social Steps Up To The Plate

The Washington Nationals are in the Major League Baseball playoffs this year but the games will end after public transit has closed. In the past, pro sports organizations have paid deposits to keep the metro system running overtime. But the Nationals said they wouldn't pay. So Living Social spotted a PR opportunity, and came up the $30,000 deposit.
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World Bank Predicts Slower Growth In East Asia

The World Bank warns of a deeper and longer slowdown in the region driven by weak exports and domestic demand. At the center of this is an accelerated slowdown in China, where the bank cut its annual growth rate prediction, lowering it to 7.7 percent, about half a point down.
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You Ask, We Answer: Candidates On Housing, Taxes

Which housing programs would Mitt Romney eliminate? What would President Obama do to the tax code? NPR reporters read between the lines of the candidates' positions on housing and tax policies.
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Taxes Are Certain, But What About Romney's Cuts?

Gov. Mitt Romney started his campaign calling for big tax breaks for the middle class. Over time his goals for those breaks have expanded to maintaining the government's flow of income and creating jobs. In the end, will a middle-class tax cut still be possible?
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Unemployment Numbers Are Kept Under Guard

The unemployment rate has dropped to 7.8 percent — that's the lowest rate in President Obama's presidency. Numbers like these are calculated and released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and highly anticipated by not only politicians but money managers and traders around the world. In the run up to the release, the government office does everything possible to keep these numbers locked up. (This piece initially aired Aug. 3, 2012 on Morning Edition.)
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Why Companies Use Software To Scan Resumes

The Labor Department announced on Friday the lowest unemployment rate since January 2009. Most big companies use software to screen resumes and ultimately move that unemployment number. These programs can be a big help for hiring departments, but a hindrance for job searches everywhere.
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Defense Companies Hold Off On Pink Slips, For Now

This week, defense contractors said they would not issue layoff warnings, even though looming budget cuts could lead to big job losses in 2013. That's led to charges that the White House overstepped when it told the industry the notices are not needed.

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