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Former Biden Advisor Critical Of Cain's Jobs Plan

For another perspective on combating the increase in poverty, Tell Me More turns to Jared Bernstein. He served in the Obama administration as Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. He responds to Herman Cain's 999 plan and identifies the impediments of getting Americans back to work.
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Herman Cain Talks Jobs, 'Atrocious' Poverty Rate

The Census Bureau said Tuesday that about 46 million Americans were living below the poverty line in 2010. GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain discusses his ideas for helping the nation's most struggling populations. He says the business sector is the engine of economic growth and it's not getting any fuel. He also explains his 999 jobs plan.
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Portion Of Obama Jobs Bill Would Update Schools

President Obama's road trip to push his jobs bill takes him to North Carolina Wednesday. It's the third election battleground state the president has visited in less than a week. He's promoting his plan to prop up the economy with $447 billion in tax cuts and new government spending. Some of that money would go to refurbish outdated school buildings. Obama stressed that idea during a stop in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday.
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Culinary Student: Economy Should Be Better By Now

Morning Edition has been looking back to 2009, when the economy was in the throes of the recession and when President Obama was still new to his office. David Greene has been reconnecting with people he interviewed during his road trip across America to commemorate Obama's first 100 days in office. Today we hear from Sam Terrell, who two years ago was working in a diner in Atlanta.
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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

The nation's overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent last year, according to new data from the Census Bureau. That's up from 14.3 percent in 2009 — which means 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.
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Moody's Downgrades Ratings Of 2 French Banks

The downgrade by Moody's Investors Service didn't come as a huge surprise. French banks hold a large amount of Greek debt and their shares have taken a beating in world markets lately. France is at the heart of the eurozone crisis because its banks are some of the most heavily invested in Greek debt.
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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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