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If A Tech Company Had Built The Federal Health Care Website

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.
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Longshoremen On Strike In Baltimore Harbor

One of the nation's busiest ports has ground to a halt as 1,200 Baltimore longshoremen strike for a better contract.

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So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

The campaign to label foods containing genetically modified organisms is gaining ground in some parts of the U.S. But GMO ingredients are found in some 70 percent of foods we buy in the U.S. Would a ubiquitous GMO label scare off consumers, or would they learn to accept it and buy anyway?
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Reporter Glenn Greenwald, eBay Founder Forming New Venture

The reporter famous for breaking the story on the NSA surveillance program is leaving the Guardian newspaper for a new journalism site that aims to compete on all fronts and "convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens."
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Economists Say Fiscal Fits And Starts Hurt U.S. Growth

Economists are trying to figure out how much uncertainty over the shutdown has hurt the economy and the potential effects of a solution that essentially "kicks the can down the road." Some say this lurching from one short-term fix to the next simply puts a drag on the economy.
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Why U.S. Taxpayers Pay $7 Billion A Year To Help Fast-Food Workers

Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 — as protesters are demanding — wouldn't help matters.
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Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine Gets A Result For Obama And Reid

The two Democrats played the routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.
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When Will The Government Run Out Of Money?

Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to pay its bills. Here's a graph showing some of the big payments coming due.
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As It Happened: The Fight Over The Debt Ceiling, Shutdown

With hours left before the country tops its borrowing authority, the Senate-crafted, bipartisan measure passed the lower chamber.

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Debt Ceiling Deal Depends On U.S. Senate

The Senate has been working on a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But House conservatives have signaled they might not go along with a Senate deal. Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia about how he thinks the impasse can be resolved.

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