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The Buffett Rule, Tax Fairness and the 2012 Presidential Race

At the white house yesterday, President Obama continued his push for the “Buffet Rule.” That’s a proposal he says would require the very wealthy to pay the same tax rate as the middle class. The senate is slated to vote on the...

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Asian-Owned Businesses & Community Tension in Washington

One of D.C.'s most prominent politicians inflamed long-running tensions last week when he disparaged the Asian-owned businesses that serve the city's poorest neighborhoods...

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Maryland Lawmakers Continue Working On Budget Agreement

The Maryland General Assembly held a special weekend session in an effort to hammer out a budget agreement ahead of a Monday evening's deadline.

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Job Numbers: 'One Month Does Not Make A Trend'

Just when it seemed to be gaining steam, the U.S. job market pretty much stalled in March. The unemployment rate fell, but it did so for the wrong reasons. The drop in growth rate is puzzling, one analyst says, but not cause to panic yet.
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Hiring Climate Affects Small Businesses

Audie Cornish talks to Bruce Lackey, CEO of Happy Chicken Farms in Ohio, about his business and the hiring climate.
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Jobs Report A Litmus Test For Economy's Direction

The U.S. economy added only 120,000 jobs in March, far below expectations. The job gains were the smallest in five months. The report isn't a conclusive verdict on the economy. It could be an off month of weak growth or the sign of something more troubling — a serious hiring slowdown.
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Jobs Numbers Fall Short Of Predictions

Most experts were predicting job growth in excess of 200,000 for March, but the numbers came up short. Only 120,000 new non-farm jobs were counted. Even though the overall jobless rate declined by another tenth of a point, the White House was on the defensive.

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