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Squabbles In Washington Frustrate Job Seekers

Since September, President Obama and Republicans in Congress have been fighting over jobs. With so much political focus on jobs, NPR checks back in with the people we've been following as part of our Road Back to Work series. They started the year unemployed and searching for work.
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Protesters' Eviction Prompts Soul Searching

Occupy Wall Street protesters continue to have access to New York's Zuccotti Park but have lost the right to erect tarps or camp overnight.
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Did U.S. Tax Policies Increase Economic Inequality?

Rolling Stone political correspondent Tim Dickinson says the tax policies pursued by the Republican Party have benefited the top 1 percent of income earners. "The people at the very top of the income [bracket] are taking off like a rocket," he says.
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Keynes' Consuming Ideas On Economic Intervention

For British economist Sir John Maynard Keynes, consumption — economic or otherwise — was what made the world go 'round. His ideas about how to nurture national economies, and when to intervene, are still being debated, 65 years after his death.
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Debt Reduction Committee's Deadline Is 1 Week Away

The congressional supercommittee has one week to meet a deadline to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. If next Wednesday's deadline isn't met, automatic across-the-board cuts will be made.
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Perry Plan Would Make Big Changes To Washington

At an Iowa town hall meeting Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry laid out a plan to, as he put it, uproot and overhaul the federal government. Among other things, Perry would end life-time tenure for federal judges including those on the Supreme Court, and make members of Congress take a 50 percent pay cut.
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Solyndra Highlights Long History Of Energy Subsidies

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill Thursday over loans to the failed solar firm. But the government has a long history of subsidizing many kinds of energy, from coal to oil to wind. Still, different sectors disagree on whether tax deductions should be considered a subsidy.
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PG County Defers Ban On Slot Machines

The Prince George's County Council opted Tuesday to put off a decision on a bill that would have effectively banned slot machine casinos in the state, leaving the possibility open for the future, subject to a referendum.

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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.

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