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Wal-Mart Lures Bank Customers Frustrated By Fees

The retailer's prepaid debit card is catching on with people who've been burned by extra charges at big banks. The card costs a flat $3 a month and doesn't allow overdrafts. Banks have lobbied against Wal-Mart's entrance into the financial sector, but "their worst fears came true," one analyst says.
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Supercommittee Fails To Reach Debt Deal

The bipartisan supercommittee says it failed to reach a deficit-reduction deal. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.
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Obama Blames Republicans For Debt Panel's Failure

President Obama Monday put the blame for the supercommittee's failure squarely on congressional Republicans — and their unwillingness to consider higher taxes on the wealthy. Obama also threatened to veto any effort to escape from the automatic spending cuts agreed to in August without a balanced plan to reduce the deficit. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.
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Obama's Hands-Off Approach To The Supercommittee

After being dragged down by the congressional debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling last summer, the president remained largely silent on the supercommittee. Though the GOP has criticized the president for what they call "failed leadership," it's unclear whether his immediate involvement would have been helpful.
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Concern Grows Over Student Debt

Occupy Wall Street makes some bold demands, including forgiveness of student debt. It's not likely to happen, but there is growing concern that student debt is out of hand. Is the government doing all it can to keep debt problems at a minimum?
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Supercommittee Unlikely To Make Deadline

Failure of the supercommittee to find the $1.2 trillion in cuts it was charged to identify are expected to trigger automatic budget cuts that start in 2013. Meanwhile, many in Congress assumed the group would include in its bill extensions of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits — both of which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts to extend them. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.

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