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Obama and Daughters Support Small Business Saturday

On Small Business Saturday, one local bookstore received a surprise that garnered much attention: a visit from President Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia.


In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

Many community colleges let students pick and choose classes, but those who sign up at a Tennessee Technology Center have their schedules decided for them. The centers work closely with advisers from local businesses to keep their programs in sync with economic reality — one reason why around 8 in 10 students finish and get a job in their field.
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Cyber Monday Buyers Plan To Shop From Work

According to a survey, nearly 60 percent of people with online access at their jobs will search for holiday gifts from their desks this Cyber Monday.

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O'Malley Heads To India For Trade Mission

Gov. Martin O'Malley and a team of business leaders, educators, and state officials are on their way to India for a trade mission.


A Second Look At Last Year's Deficit Reduction Plan

The failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal on reducing federal government deficits is being called another example of dysfunction and gridlock in Washington. New attention is now focused back on the plan put forth last year by President Obama's bipartisan deficit reduction commission, a blueprint that a number of Democrats and Republicans endorsed. Host Scott Simon talks with former Sen. Alan Simpson, former co-chair of that deficit reduction commission, about the failed negotiations of the supercommittee.

Early Receipts Indicate A Happier Holiday Season

The nation's retailers are hoping consumers open their wallets and spend this holiday shopping season. Amid all the worries about the economy and high unemployment, there are some early indications that this year might be slightly better than last. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.

Art Therapy Nonprofit Improvises In New Economy

The dismal economy has taken a toll on nonprofits. Donations are down. One nonprofit, Free Arts of Arizona, which uses art as therapy for the children of abused women, has had to make layoffs and budget cuts.

Rhode Island Makes Big Changes To Pension System

Before Rhode Island's General Assembly passed dramatic changes to the pension system, the state had one of the most underfunded pensions in the country. Many of the state's unions aren't happy with the changes and are gearing up for a legal fight.
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'Small Business Saturday' Benefits Local Business Owners

Now in its second year, 'Small Business Saturday' aims to drum up support for local business owners. President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia showed their support by shopping at Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Dupont Circle.