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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.

A Writer's 'Cold, Calculated Acts Of Kindness'

After he was laid off in 2008, writer T.M. Shine adopted a unique approach to finding a job. He says his new goal is being nice to people, and he put that right at the top of his resume. Host Michel Martin speaks with Shine about his journey from unemployment back to work, which he wrote about for this week's Washington Post Magazine.

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.

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.

In Bankruptcy, American Airlines Looks At All Options

American Airlines is acknowledging that a merger with US Airways is a possibility as it works its way through bankruptcy. American's pilots and other unionized employees are pushing the merger option.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Too Many Jobs, Or Not Enough

Yuma, Ariz., along the Mexican border, has the country's highest jobless rate, at 28.9 percent — more than three times the national rate. Bismarck, N.D., has the lowest rate, at just 2.5 percent. Both communities are struggling with the realities of those economic extremes.
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Talks Of Maryland Gambling Expansion Continues

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to meet privately with Maryland leaders to continue discussions on gambling expansion.