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Government Shutdown Threatens Again

The once-rare possibility of a federal government shutdown reared its head again this week. This time it was over House Republicans' desire to pay for disaster relief costs with money for other, unrelated projects. NPR's David Welna explains the Capitol Hill machinations ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline.

The New Standoff: Clean-Car Jobs Vs. Disaster Relief

The House's stopgap spending bill, rejected by the Senate on Friday, takes money from a federal clean cars program to offset spending for disaster aid. Some Republicans see the move as a matter of prioritization, but opponents say it would put American manufacturing jobs at risk.
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Fairfax County Looking For Revitalization

Fairfax County officials are pushing for a series of underground stations to transform the region from a sleepy suburban enclave into a thriving urban core.


Data Show Housing Market Starting To Brighten

Rock-bottom home prices and record-low mortgage rates are tempting buyers back into the market. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes rose nearly 19 percent last month over the previous year.

Europe's Debt Crisis Casts Cloud Over U.S. Economy

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's trip to Europe last week reflected American concerns over Europe's economic woes. The Americans would like to see a swift European response, but that's a tall task when so many nations must agree on a plan.

Obama's Jobs Bill Pitch: A Bridge To Nowhere?

The president traveled to Ohio's Brent Spence Bridge on Thursday to help sell his jobs bill. He says if the country doesn't invest in its infrastructure now, it will pay later. While everyone agrees the bridge is badly in need of repair, Republicans say the president's jobs bill won't get it done.

High Costs Make It Harder To Grow Young Farmers

A high level of investment in agriculture is driving up land prices, making it harder for new farmers to afford their own. And banks simply aren't lending to higher-risk first-time farmers. Unless young people are left farmland by their family, they're out of luck, one banker explains.

A Greek Default Would Spread Debt Contagion

European leaders insist they will take all necessary measures to ensure Greece does not default on its debt. A default would throw Greece's economy — and the European banking system — into deeper crisis. But many financial experts are advocating an orderly default. They argue it will be painful but preferable to round-after-round of painful austerity measures and more uncertainty.