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Greece's Insolvency Has Eurozone Investors Panicking

European officials are struggling over a solution to a government debt crisis that's affected the European Union for nearly two years. The biggest source of panic is still Greece's government finances. But there are clouds over other countries as well — like Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist talks to Steve Inskeep about the financial crisis in the eurozone.
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Spain's Low Birth Rate Blamed On Poor Economy

In Spain, the dismal economy is having an effect on more than people's pocketbooks. It's fundamentally changing families. Spain already has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. But now that rate is plunging even lower, as the government cuts child benefits, and families put off having children amid economic uncertainty.
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Republicans Oppose Obama Call To Pay For Jobs With Taxes

The president's $447 billion jobs bill, which was sent to Congress this week, would end a slew of tax breaks for corporations and those households with annual incomes of more than $250,000. Republicans say there's little chance of Congress accepting the proposal.
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Kaine Rejects GOP Claims About Social Security

Tim Kaine at podium

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine went on the offensive Tuesday, attacking Republican claims that Social Security needs reforms.

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New D.C. Jobs Program Faces Challenges

Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed job placement program already has some supporters, but business leaders insist that it may not be enough to spur job growth.

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A Potential Superhero For The Supercommittee

At a hearing before the bipartisan deficit-cutting panel on Tuesday, the head of the Congressional Budget Office managed to short-circuit partisan bickering over the debt by laying out some facts: Trimming around the edges is not going to be enough to slash the deficit this fall, Doug Elmendorf warned.
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Census: 2010 Saw Poverty Rate Increase, Income Drop

The nation's poverty rate rose last year to 15.1 percent, the highest level in 17 years, according to new data from the Census Bureau. The agency's latest poverty report, released Tuesday, shows that the median income dropped last year by more than 2 percent to about $49,445.

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