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Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Gets A Closer Look

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is surging in the polls. He credits his success to three numbers: 9-9-9. Tax experts say the plan would most likely cut taxes for the rich and increase the burden on the poor and middle class substantially.
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Obama Commences Bus Tour In N.C., Va.

President Obama began a three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia Monday. The president plans to continue his push for Congress to take up at least portions of his jobs proposal. He's doing so in two traditionally red states that he narrowly won in 2008. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.
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What Is The Future Of Natural Gas Use In The U.S.?

The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
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Kinder Morgan Announces Plans To Buy El Paso

A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.
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For Older Job Seekers, An Even More Difficult Road

Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired. Some say age discrimination is a key factor working against them.
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Mid-Sized — Not Small — Business Drives Economy

So-called "middle market" companies added 2 million workers in recent years. The middle market includes businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $1 billion. Despite their growth, they tend to lack the lobbyists, government supporters and associations that small and big businesses enjoy.
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Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread To Europe

Clean up is under way in cities around the world after a weekend of protests. Tens of thousands of people turned out to protest, among other things: greedy bankers, inept politicians, government austerity cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor.
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Times Have Changed Since Reagan's 1986 Tax Reform

In 1986, another politically divided Congress approved the biggest tax code overhaul in the nation's history. Though much has changed since then, today's Congress faces a similar tax crisis with a fast-approaching deadline to decide on a plan.

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