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The Fine Political Art Of Jobs Forecasting

With the government's latest employment numbers due Friday, both President Obama and his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, are trying to maintain a fine balance in their rhetoric between optimism, pessimism and reality.
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Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Find Me A Part-Time Job

The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, but the underemployment rate — that's people who work part time but want full-time work — is much higher. For many people, making ends meet means cobbling together temporary jobs. And, of course, there are some apps for that.
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D.C. To Relax Requirements On Second-Hand Stores

A 1904 law, which offers strict regulations on stores selling used goods, is being relaxed after thousands of residents signed a petition protesting its enforcement.

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CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents

Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.
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With The American Dream Comes The Nightmare

We celebrate the deeply embedded ideal of the American dream every day, and yet the phrase has always been fraught. For many, there is no dream, so here, we give you "A Brief Diary of the American Nightmare."
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Is Subprime Lending Making A Comeback?

Auto sales are on the rise in Detroit, and not just for people with perfect credit. Chrysler and other companies are targeting customers with subprime credit, and giving them interest rates well above what you might imagine. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Sonari Glinton about who's doing it, and what it might mean for the economic recovery.
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Bank Bailout Fund Floated As Way To Calm Crisis In Europe

As Spain's borrowing costs continue to go through the roof, the European Commission proposes a "banking union" for the 17-country eurozone. The plan would include a fund to protect individual governments from being overwhelmed by the cost of bank rescues.

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