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Tax Breaks For Tech In The District

The District is offering a $32.5 million tax deal to keep LivingSocial local, and while critics say it's a giveaway, others say it's key to nurturing a nascent tech industry.

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How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

As unemployment comes down, the long-term unemployed aren't benefitting as much. Long-term unemployment in 3 graphics.
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Just 80,000 Jobs Added In June; Unemployment Rate Stays At 8.2 Percent

Economists had been expecting slightly better job growth. The jobless rate has been above 8 percent since February 2009. The report adds to evidence that the economy is slowing again.
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It Was A Gloomy June For Many Retailers' Sales

The summer is not looking very sunny for retails who market to the middle class. Upper and lower end stores are doing better. Retail experts said lousy weather was one factor in the lower than expected sales increase.
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Obama Boards A Bus To Promote His Economic Vision

President Obama's campaign bus rolls from Ohio into Pennsylvania Friday. He is trying to make the case that the U.S. economy is slowly but surely on the mend. While touring Ohio's manufacturing belt Thursday, he highlighted the rebound of the auto industry.
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Washington, Wall Street Wait For Jobless Report

The Labor Department releases June's unemployment figures Friday. After starting off the year with some new-found strength, in recent months job growth has been slowing. That's significant to anyone looking for work and to economists. Job growth is also front and center in the presidential election.
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Friday News Roundup - International

A senior member of President Assad’s regime defects as world powers discuss ways to end the 16-month old conflict in Syria. Pakistan reopens supply routes after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologizes for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers. And British bank Barclays admits to manipulating global interest rates. Guest host Susan Page speaks with Yochi Dreazen of National Journal Magazine, Nadia Bilbassy of Middle East Broadcast Centre and Mark Mardell of BBC North America Editor.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The U.S. unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.2 percent. President Barack Obama takes his reelection campaign to key battleground states. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney shifts his position on the health care mandate. Juan Williams of Fox News, Janet Hook of The Wall Street Journal and David Lindsey of Reuters join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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