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Why Some Men Earn Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago

Back then, the median male American worker earned just over $49,000 when adjusted for inflation, while in 2010 that worker made about $1,500 less. Back then, blue-collar workers had two things going for them that they no longer have.
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'Shop Talk': Jobs, Poverty, Perry

This week, House Speaker Boehner acknowledged some common ground between his jobs plan and the president's plan, but said Obama's program doesn't quite add up. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the latest poverty figures, and Tyler Perry was reported as the highest paid man in Hollywood.
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Political Chat: Boehner's Answer To Jobs Crisis

This week, House Speaker Boehner responded to President Obama's jobs plan; Republicans won both special congressional elections in New York and Nevada; and a former Obama administration member announced her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. GOP strategist Ron Christie and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker weigh in.
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GOP, Obama Want Panel To Find Funds For Jobs Plan

President Obama will send his recommendations regarding his jobs proposal to the supercommittee on Monday. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner asked the group not to consider raising taxes to fund a jobs measure.
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Boehner Commands Deficit Panel Not To Raise Taxes

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday unveiled his own jobs proposal. He also weighed in on President Obama's jobs plan. And in both instances, the Ohio congressman touted one main theme: the need to avoid raising taxes.
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Customers Leave Neflix After Price Hike, Stock Drops

The video entertainment company Netflix said it expected to lose some subscribers when it announced recently it was raising prices. The company separated its DVD and streaming services, increasing the price for customers who want both.
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Could Euro Bonds Mend Eurozone Debt Crisis?

As the 17 European countries that use the euro grapple with the sovereign debt crisis, one possible way out is jointly underwritten euro bonds. The debt burden would be jointly shared among the nations that use the euro and stronger economies would help shore up weaker ones. But Germany — Europe's largest economy and main player in the crisis — remains vehemently opposed to the idea.
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California Turns To China For New Bay Bridge

American workers will assemble the more than $7 billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, but its massive cable, key sections of the iconic tower and deck are all made in China. Lower costs and Chinese expertise are the main reasons, but critics say the decision hurts the state, which is struggling with high unemployment.
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New Programs Aim To Close The Wealth Gap

The city of San Francisco is taking a step to even the playing field by offering public school kindergartners college savings accounts. It is part of a nationwide effort by government and nonprofit groups to address the widening wealth gap.

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