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Hill Standoff Over Payroll Tax Cut Continues

With the House rejecting the Senate's extension of the payroll tax cut Tuesday, it is unclear if anything will be resolved between the two houses before the new year. Robert Siegel gets the view of the standoff from Capitol Hill from NPR's Tamara Keith.
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Obama Urges Boehner To Pass Payroll Tax Extension

President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday, urging him again to pass the bipartisan Senate bill allowing for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment insurance. That the idea appears stalled in Republican-controlled House. As the Dec. 31 deadline for action nears, the White House, families and businesses are looking at the real-world consequences of congressional inaction.
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Who Gives The Long-Term Jobless A Helping Hand?

More than 40 percent of the long-term unemployed say they've received a lot of help from family and friends, while only 1 in 10 reports getting much help from churches or community groups, according to an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll. But these groups say they're in high demand.
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What Greece Can Learn From South America

With Greece in turmoil, a look at the debt defaults a decade ago in South America could prove instructive. Had Europeans diagnosed problems and acted quickly, they might have come out of this like Uruguay, in 2002. But it looks like Greece may be following Argentina, which defaulted on $100 billion in 2001.
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Maryland Board Approves Money For Slots

By a vote of 2-1, Maryland's board of public works voted to move forward with the lease for what will be the state's largest casino -- located in Anne Arundel County.

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Why Your Job Search Shouldn't Take A Holiday

Many job seekers assume they won't make much progress in their search over the holidays. Not so, says Lauren Weber of The Wall Street Journal. Weber explains why job hunters may want to consider keeping their search alive through the holiday season.
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Brazil Outshines Other BRIC Economies

One of the most powerful forces of change has been the dramatic economic growth in Brazil, Russia, India and China. Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management Jim O'Neill coined the term BRIC, an acronym for those four countries, ten years ago when he began to zero in on their economies. O'Neill talks to Renee Montagne about his book The Growth Map.

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