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AFSCME: Attacks On Public Sector Harm Middle Class

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country's largest unions, is facing a difficult climate. Local governments are slashing employee pensions and state governments are considering measures to curb collective bargaining rights. Host Michel Martin talks with Lee Saunders, AFSCME's new president.
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Retail Sales Dip For Third Straight Month, But Are Still Up From Year Earlier

The news is among several recent indications that the economy is slowing. But, the pace is still better than a year ago.
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Here's A Scoop: When News Breaks, People Check YouTube For Videos

The Pew Research Center's Project of Excellence in Journalism today puts some numbers behind the trend. It confirms that especially when natural disasters have happened or there's political upheaval, the video site has become a must-see source.
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Weed Dating, Not Just For The Farmer In The Dell

Weed Dating is the name of an annual event at Earthly Delights Farm in Boise, Idaho. Just like speed dating, romantic hopefuls are paired off, and then they rotate — meeting and chatting up new people every few minutes. The difference is, while they are chatting, they are weeding.
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Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Mazda Struggle In U.S Market

There's been a lot of attention paid to the health of the Detroit automakers. But probably the biggest automotive victims of the Great Recession are the smaller Japanese automakers: Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Mazda. Each is struggling to remain relevant in the U.S. auto market in part due to the yen, limited U.S. production and marketing.
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Romney Responds To Obama's Bain Capital Charges

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has shied away from TV interviews. But on Friday, he sat down for five interviews with the nation's top TV news outlets. Romney says he shouldn't be held responsible for what Bain did after 1999 because he had already left the company to run the Salt Lake City Olympics
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Microsoft, NBC End Website Partnership

The breakup announced late Sunday dissolves MSNBC.com, the final shred of a 16-year marriage between Microsoft Corp. and NBC News, which is now owned by Comcast Corp. The relationship began to unwind in 2005 when Microsoft sold its stake in MSNBC's cable TV channel to NBC.

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