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Obama Would Pay More — Romney, A Lot More — If Bush-Era Tax Cuts End

About 80 percent of Americans would see their taxes go up if all the tax cuts signed into law by President George W. Bush were to expire as scheduled at the end of this year. And nearly 100 percent of the highest income earners would have to pay more — including both the Obamas and the Romneys.
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L.A. Council Bans Pot Shops After Regulation Struggle

The City Council voted Tuesday to shut down all of the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. For years, the city has tried to regulate the shops, which range from mom-and-pop nonprofits to multimillion-dollar businesses. But closing the more than 800 shops will be no easy task.
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A Drought's Impact On Our Energy Grid

Record-setting droughts in the Midwest and South are threatening more than crops: half of the nation's water goes to cooling power plants.

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A Different Road To Work, Bypassing College Dreams

With college costs rising and student debt mounting, some high school graduates in Charlotte, N.C., are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships. One straight-A student has shifted her sights from an international relations degree to becoming an engineer.
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Facebook Reports Net Loss After Bumpy IPO

Facebook reported a net loss for the second quarter in its first earnings report since a bumpy initial public offering. The company's share price has fallen sharply since the first day of trading. Audie Cornish speaks with Steve Henn.
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Facebook Narrowly Beats Revenue Expectations; Market Isn't Impressed

The company released its first earnings report as a publically traded company Thursday.
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The Disagreement Behind Our Economic Platform

Getting economists of different stripes to agree on Planet Money's six policy proposals wasn't easy — and panel member Dean Baker says the disagreements matter.
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Jobless Claims Drop, Previous Week's Increase Erased

The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.

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