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Rising Gas Prices Could Put Sting On Summer

The national average for unleaded gas has risen to $3.50 a gallon only three times in history. This year's rise to that threshold is the earliest ever, and the Department of Energy suggests that prices could near $5 a gallon by the start of the summer driving season. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Phil Flynn of the futures brokerage PFGBEST.
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In Today's Economy, How Far Can A GED Take You?

Each year, roughly 750,000 high school dropouts try to improve their prospects by taking the General Educational Development test, or GED, long considered the equivalent of a high school diploma. But the latest research shows that people with GEDs are no better off than dropouts when it comes to their chances of getting a good job.
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'Made In The USA' Not Enough For Campaign Trail

This week, President Obama touted the success of the government-engineered rescue of GM and Chrysler as evidence of a return of U.S. manufacturing. Despite that success, Republican White House hopefuls Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney say the auto bailout was the wrong move to revive the economy.
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Greek Bailout Draws Ire From Germany

The dominant role of Germany in the Greek bailout has triggered special venom in Greece. Melissa Block talks to Nikos Konstandaras, managing editor of the leading Greek daily Kathimerini, about the tensions between the Greeks and the Germans.

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Middle Class Greeks Losing Hope Amid Austerity

A number of Greeks are struggling to get by as the country's economy falters, including a group of middle class families in one Athens apartment building. They save they've lost hope they'll ever have a decent life again.
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Sarkozy Rival Says He'd Be Tougher With Bailouts

France is part of the dual engine driving Europe out of its crisis. And the French are about to change their conductor, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to lose his re-election bid this spring. What does it mean for Europe? Francois Hollande, Sarkozy's rival, says he would change the French role in the European crisis management.
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Congress Passes Payroll Tax Extension

The Republican-controlled House voted 293-132, followed quickly by a simple majority vote in the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.

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