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Perry Plan Would Make Big Changes To Washington

At an Iowa town hall meeting Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry laid out a plan to, as he put it, uproot and overhaul the federal government. Among other things, Perry would end life-time tenure for federal judges including those on the Supreme Court, and make members of Congress take a 50 percent pay cut.
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Solyndra Highlights Long History Of Energy Subsidies

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will face scrutiny on Capitol Hill Thursday over loans to the failed solar firm. But the government has a long history of subsidizing many kinds of energy, from coal to oil to wind. Still, different sectors disagree on whether tax deductions should be considered a subsidy.
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PG County Defers Ban On Slot Machines

The Prince George's County Council opted Tuesday to put off a decision on a bill that would have effectively banned slot machine casinos in the state, leaving the possibility open for the future, subject to a referendum.

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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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N.Y. Police Clear Out Zuccotti Park

Occupy Wall Street protesters were evicted in a predawn raid by New York City Police, and the encampment in Zuccotti Park was dismantled.
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NYC Taxi Medallions Fetch 'Unbelievable' Returns

A taxi medallion gives the bearer the right to pick up rides for hire — and it turns out it's also a great investment vehicle. Two New York City medallions recently sold for a record $1 million each, around a 1,000 percent increase since 1980. How did they get so valuable?

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