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Where Does The Economic Recovery Stand?

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, and Zanny Minton Beddoes, of The Economist, about how to read the latest economic signs, and whether there are any bright areas for growth.
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Cash Buyers Squeezing Out Traditional Home Seekers

About one-third of all home purchases these days are made in cash — far above normal. Some of those buyers are investors who crowd out people who want to buy the traditional way: with a mortgage. But cash buyers are also helping to mop up the huge inventory of foreclosures around the country.
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Affirmative Action: Is It Still Necessary?

In a 2003 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold affirmative action and said it expected that in 25 years, "the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary." The court will hear a case involving race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas in the fall.
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Gas Prices Put The Brakes On Economic Recovery?

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has skyrocketed to $3.65. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax explore what is behind the spike, and Andra Rush talks about how the prices are affecting her trucking business.
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O'Malley, McDonnell Split Hairs Over Regional Job Creation

The governors of Maryland and Virginia got into a little spat over job creation at a national governors' conference in D.C. this weekend.

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Warm Winter Is Helping Consumers Cope

In much of the country, February brought purple crocuses and yellow daffodils instead of snowdrifts. Milder temperatures, along with an extended payroll tax break, mean more green in your wallet — helping ease the crush of higher gasoline prices.
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Report: Child Poverty Down In D.C.

Fewer D.C. children are living in the city's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, according to new data released this week.

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Auto Bailout Is Hot-Button Issue In Michigan

Three years after its bankruptcy, General Motors has had a record year. The company, meanwhile, is hiring again — adding third shifts to meet increasing demand for its cars. But Republican presidential candidates still insist the bailout was a mistake.

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