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Who Really Changes The Economy?

Each presidential candidate is pushing harder to make the case that he would be a better leader for the economy. But technological innovations (such as those by Bill Gates), new business practices, global political shifts and social changes may shape the economy more than a president's policies.
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Jobless Claims Saw Little Change Last Week; Four-Week Average Is Up

The numbers mean that the economic recovery continues to be sluggish.
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Opinions Split On Ryan's Medicare Plan

At the Republican National Convention, delegates from the region say Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare isn't a liability.

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Ryan's Speech Revives The Spirit Of Jack Kemp, War Over Reaganomics

Rep. Paul Ryan demonstrated in his convention speech that he's a true believer, much like two previous politicians he has sought to emulate: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. Kemp's economic ideas were controversial decades ago, but they've gained new life in the vice presidential nominee's budget plan.

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In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel?

Drought across the country has led to spiking corn prices, forcing a growing number of ethanol plants around the country to temporarily close down. As a result, there is a growing call for suspending a federal mandate on biofuel and freeing up corn for feed.
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U.S. Economy Grew At 1.7 Percent Annual Rate In Second Quarter

The Bureau of Economic Analysis revised its previous estimate of 1.5 percent.
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What's Next? China's Fast-Growing Economy Slows

China's economic boom has altered the global economy but its growth is slowing down. Steve Inskeep talks to Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec about China's economic troubles, and how that affects the U.S. economy.
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Helping Recent Vets Find Meaning In New Jobs

Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq face unemployment rates even higher than the general population. And many veterans say that employers don't understand how their service translates into valuable job skills. Now, a number of companies and organizations hope to change that.
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How Has The Economy Changed Since 2008 Elections?

During the last convention season, the U.S. was facing a frightening moment in its economic history. Home sales were shutting down, employers were slashing payrolls, and financial institutions were lurching toward chaos. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax about how the economic outlook has changed in the last four years.

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