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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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Help Wanted. But Not For Mid-Level Jobs

Changes in the job market have meant fewer jobs for those with mid-level skills. Economists call the trend labor "polarization" and say it's forcing those in the middle to take jobs at lower pay.
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Virginia Travel Campaign Encouraging Road Trips

Virginia tourism officials are encouraging travelers to skip the flights and hit the roads.

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Spaniards Withdraw Money Over Bank Failure Fears

Any rescue of Spain's banking system could exceed the cost of Greece's total bailout. That has investors worried, after Madrid was forced to nationalize its largest real estate lender. The previous government's strategy was to force mergers among the small banks, to try to combine assets and strengthen them against debts. But what has resulted is simply bigger banks with bigger debts.
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Spanish Lender Requests $24 Billion Bailout

Like what happened to U.S. banks in 2008, Bankia is close to collapse in part because Spain's busted real-estate market saddled it with bad loans.
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Consumer Confidence Highest Since Before Recession, Survey Says

According to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey, confidence has risen to a level not seen since late 2007. And if confidence is on the rise, that could affect both the economy and the 2012 campaign.

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