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U.S. Chamber President Criticizes GOP's 'Intramural' Battle Over Bain

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue says he is "disappointed" that some GOP presidential candidates are attacking front-runner Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital. The head of the nation's most powerful pro-business association calls Romney's business record "damn good."
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Public Forum Will Discuss Montgomery County 2013 Budget

The budget for the fiscal year 2013 will be the subject of a Montgomery County public forum Thursday evening, and residents are urged to attend.

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Project's Promise Of Jobs Has Appalachia Seeing Stars

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are waiting to hear which state Shell Oil will pick to host a huge new chemical refinery. The project would turn ethane gas, produced through "fracking," into ethylene, which is used to make plastics. The venture could be the biggest investment in the region in decades.
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The History Of Factory Jobs In America, In One Town

Greenville County in South Carolina is where manufacturing's past and future live side by side. In South Carolina, and throughout America, factories produce more than ever. Yet in Greenville, there are abandoned textile mills everywhere you look.
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Maryland Assembly Prefers Gas Tax To Sales Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley caused a stir on the first day of Maryland's General Assembly in 2012, when he suggested that an increase in the sales tax was an alternative to raising gas taxes.

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Romney's Success Sparks GOP Debate Over Capitalism

An interesting thing has happened on the way to the GOP presidential nomination: A fight has broken out over the meaning of capitalism. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is drawing bright lines between private equity and industrialists. He sees it as the difference between looters and inventors.
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GovExec: Disability Hiring Within the Federal Government

The federal government is stepping up its efforts to meet President Obama's commitment to hire 100,000 disabled Americans into the federal workforce.

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How's The Economy? Federal Reserve Reports 'Ongoing Improvement'

The language in the central bank's "beige book" look at the economy has gotten more upbeat. It sees "modest to moderate" growth.
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Fed Officials Push Changes To Housing Policy

The Federal Reserve usually worries about interest rates and inflation. But lately, Fed officials have been focusing on housing. They've been out in public, pushing measures they think will help the housing market. David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, talks to David Greene about proposed changes to mortgage financing.

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