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Economic Woes Changing Face Of Poverty

Among the nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty, 16 million are children. That's according to the Census Bureau. Broadcaster Tavis Smiley says statistics like these led him to journey on an 18-city 'poverty tour,' which he just finished. Tomorrow, he's launching a week-long series on his radio and TV programs about the tour. He tells Michel Martin about it. They also hear from Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, who joined Smiley for part of the poverty tour.
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Average Rate On 30-Year Mortgages Falls Below 4 Percent For First Time

But though rates are at new lows, many who would like to take advantage of them can't because of too little equity or tight lending standards.
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Thousands Join In Occupy Wall Street Protests

Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Manhattan's financial district Wednesday night. They came to show support for Occupy Wall Street, a demonstration that is now in its third week. Some of the marchers represented labor unions and other organizations, but many were just ordinary New Yorkers who came to voice their support for the populist protest.
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How Belgium Mirrors Europe's Economic Divide

Belgium has spent 16 months struggling to form a federal government. Observers say that issue is a microcosm of the financial crisis that has hit the eurozone.
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Senate Democrats Propose Surtax On Millionaires

Senate Democrats are making a change to President Obama's jobs bill. They want to pay for it by putting a five percent surtax on earnings over $1 million. Congressional Republicans were quick to dismiss the surtax idea.
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Aging Parking Meters Get Solar Upgrade

A small solar-powered parking meter company is benefiting from the down economy and aging parking infrastructure. Chad Randall, COO of IPS, talks to Lynn Neary about why the company has been able to double the number of its employees over the last year.
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Bipartisan Support For China Tariffs Ahead Of Vote

The legislation would put trade sanctions on China, the United States' largest trading partner. Supporters say it could boost American jobs by punishing China's efforts to keep its currency undervalued and its exports underpriced. Opponents warn that it could touch off a devastating trade war.
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Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions and several key Democrats have supported the movement. The gain in momentum comes as offshoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.
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How Greece's Financial Crisis Hurts The U.S. Economy

David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal talks to Lynn Neary about why the economic situation in Greece is affecting European banks and the U.S. financial picture.

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