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Business Licenses And DC's 'Vintage' Stores

We look at what's going on in the local small business community, where several stores selling vintage furniture, secondhand books and old records say they've gotten mixed messages from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

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On Second Thought, Maybe Consumer Confidence Isn't That High

While one group's measure hit its highest level since 2007, another's declined in May.
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Home Prices Haven't 'Turned,' But Some Edged Up As Quarter Ended

The first quarter was another down one. But as it ended — in March — there were slight to modest gains in 12 cities.
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Dire Predictions Amid Another Looming Fiscal Battle

The Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year, along with the payroll tax break; the nation's borrowing authority bumps against its limit; and huge mandatory spending cuts — half targeting defense — are set to kick in. All this could trigger another recession, but Congress is unlikely to do much about it until after November's election.
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American Dream Faces Harsh New Reality

The idea of the American Dream is woven through this country's politics, music and culture. It suggests a belief that hard work pays off, and that children will have a better life than their parents. But as the effects of the economic downturn continue to reverberate, many feel the American Dream is in jeopardy.
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Program For Holocaust Survivors Faces Funding Issues

A program to assist impoverished Holocaust survivors in the D.C. metro area is facing critical funding issues.

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More Americans Putting The 'Dream' On Hold

NPR's new series explores how the "American Dream" is evolving during a period of economic uncertainty. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the series, and whether home ownership is still at the heart of the "American Dream," even after the historic collapse of the housing market.
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Debt Ceiling Debate Returns To Capitol Hill

Last summer, Virginia almost lost its triple-A credit rating because of partisan sniping in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling. Now Republican leaders are drawing a line in the sand over that debate once again.

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