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Obama's Manufacturing Push Meets Skepticism From Experts

Obama has proposed using the tax code to create incentives for manufacturers to create jobs in the U.S. rather than abroad. Rick Santorum, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, has also proposed tax-based incentives for manufacturers. But it's worth noting that some economists see risks in politicians and other policymakers making such a big fuss over manufacturing.
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Robert Rubin: Economic Future Is Most 'Uncertain' He's Ever Seen

Former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin says the U.S. economic outlook is the most "uncertain" he has seen in his lifetime. Given that he was born during the Great Depression and lived through the Cold War, the 1970s' inflation, and a brutal 1980-82 recession, that may be saying a lot.
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Alexandria Waterfront Zoning Put On Hold

The Fat Lady has yet to sing for the Alexandria waterfront plan, as the proposal has been put on hold, at least for the time being.

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In-Sourcing Reasons Click For Master Lock

When President Obama visits a Master Lock factory in Milwaukee Wednesday, he's hoping to highlight the manufacturing initiatives in his new budget proposal. U.S. factories are on a mini hiring spree, adding 50,000 jobs last month alone. Some companies, like Master Lock, are even moving work back to the U.S. that had been done overseas.
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Housing Starts Have Been Singing The Blues

An uptick in hiring is leading to more optimism about the economy. But housing remains stuck in a funk. New figures on housing starts are released Thursday. Morning Edition has a musical preview in this Planet Money report.
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Debt Crisis Riots Take A Toll On Greece's Aesthetics

The Greece debt crisis has forced the country to look to the eurozone for a bailout. But Greece is looking less and less like part of Europe. In the capital Athens, they are still cleaning up from the weekend riots. Even in its tourist precincts, the area is shabby and covered with graffiti.
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Congress May Skip Payroll Tax Showdown This Time

Congress appears to have avoided another fight over the payroll tax reduction that has been pumping billions of dollars back into the economy. There may even be a deal ahead on jobless benefits and payments to Medicare doctors. Those issues had Congress in knots back in December.

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