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Obama Taps Dartmouth President For World Bank's Top Job

Jim Yong Kim is a physician by training and has been a prominent figure on global health issues. He is a former director of the World Health Organization's Department of HIV/AIDS.

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Spain's Clash With Argentina Over An Oil Company

Spain had harsh words for Argentina yesterday over the nationalization of the oil firm YPF. Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner rejected the demands of the Spanish company that held a major stake in YPF for ten billion...

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Fannie, Freddie Consider Mortgage Write-Downs

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have concluded that giving homeowners a big break on their mortgages would make good financial sense in many cases, NPR and ProPublica have learned. But a key regulator has resisted principal write-downs, and some economists fear they would lead to abuses.
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How A City Goes Broke

Harrisburg, Pa, spent more than $300 million on a garbage incinerator. Now it has more debt per capita than any other U.S. city.
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Obama Returns To Oklahoma Talking Oil

President Obama visited Oklahoma for the first time since taking office and announced an executive order to speed up review of a U.S.-only portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. His announcement came as Republicans criticized his administration over rising gas prices.

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JOBS Act Moves Forward, Despite Local Resistance

Senate lawmakers passed a modified version of the JOBS Act on Thursday over the objections of many of the region's centers, who say the Senate should have different priorities.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama traveled to Oklahoma to urge expedited approval of the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline; Rep. Paul Ryan released the GOP's 2013 budget plan, which passed the Committee by one vote; a top aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared his campaign to an "Etch-A-Sketch"; and the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin. David Corn of Mother Jones and MSNBC, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Jobless Claims Dropped By 5,000 Last Week

At 348,000, the number of claims remained at the lowest level in four years. It's another sign of hope for the labor market.
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What's Making Americans Less Thirsty For Gasoline?

The price of gas keeps rising for Americans, but it's not because of rising demand from consumers. In fact, demand has fallen since 2007. Consumers' craving for hybrids and aversion to paying more at the pump are only part of the story.

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