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Why Mexico Is The World's Biggest Exporter Of Flat-Screen TVs

There's more to Mexico than drug-related violence. The country's economy is actually doing well, due in part to solid exports to the U.S.
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N.Y. Fast-Food Workers Strike For Better Wages

Fast-food workers staged protests Thursday at restaurants in New York. The workers said their low wages need to be raised. But with the economy still slow, restaurant managers are determined to hold down labor costs so they can offer dollar foods.
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In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

The Pew Research Center reports that the U.S. birth rate has hit its lowest level ever, led by a dramatic decline among the foreign-born. The birth rate for Mexican women fell the most, down a stunning 23 percent since the recent recession began in 2007.
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Would Raising Taxes On Investment Income Hurt The Economy?

The rates on capital gains and dividends are on the table in the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. Some complain that it would hurt companies' stock prices, giving them less money to invest. But other economists say it's unlikely to have strong effects.
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Camp: We Need Spending Cuts To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Robert Siegel talks to Republican Dave Camp, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, about the fiscal cliff and tax reform.
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Anti-Tax Crusader Grover Norquist

A conversation with Grover Norquist. As fiscal cliff negotiations move forward, some lawmakers are rethinking their support of Norquist's anti-tax pledge.

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The Role Of The SEC And What's Needed To Keep Watch On Wall Street (Rebroadcast)

The role of the SEC in regulating Wall Street.

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Will Payroll Tax Cut Survive Fiscal Talks?

The Bush-era tax cuts are taking center stage on discussions about deficit reduction. But the payroll tax holiday is also at risk, which could cost the typical family $1,000 a year. Host Michel Martin talks with The Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy about the fiscal cliff and how the outcome could affect consumers.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Protests in Egypt over the president's power grab. The Palestinian Authority makes a U.N. bid. And European finance ministers set new bailout terms for Greece.

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