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Culinary Student: Economy Should Be Better By Now

Morning Edition has been looking back to 2009, when the economy was in the throes of the recession and when President Obama was still new to his office. David Greene has been reconnecting with people he interviewed during his road trip across America to commemorate Obama's first 100 days in office. Today we hear from Sam Terrell, who two years ago was working in a diner in Atlanta.

Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Rises Past 2009 Level

The nation's overall poverty rate climbed to 15.1 percent last year, according to new data from the Census Bureau. That's up from 14.3 percent in 2009 — which means 46.2 million Americans were living in poverty in 2010.

Moody's Downgrades Ratings Of 2 French Banks

The downgrade by Moody's Investors Service didn't come as a huge surprise. French banks hold a large amount of Greek debt and their shares have taken a beating in world markets lately. France is at the heart of the eurozone crisis because its banks are some of the most heavily invested in Greek debt.

Greece's Insolvency Has Eurozone Investors Panicking

European officials are struggling over a solution to a government debt crisis that's affected the European Union for nearly two years. The biggest source of panic is still Greece's government finances. But there are clouds over other countries as well — like Italy and Spain. Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist talks to Steve Inskeep about the financial crisis in the eurozone.

Spain's Low Birth Rate Blamed On Poor Economy

In Spain, the dismal economy is having an effect on more than people's pocketbooks. It's fundamentally changing families. Spain already has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe. But now that rate is plunging even lower, as the government cuts child benefits, and families put off having children amid economic uncertainty.

Republicans Oppose Obama Call To Pay For Jobs With Taxes

The president's $447 billion jobs bill, which was sent to Congress this week, would end a slew of tax breaks for corporations and those households with annual incomes of more than $250,000. Republicans say there's little chance of Congress accepting the proposal.
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Kaine Rejects GOP Claims About Social Security

Tim Kaine at podium

Former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine went on the offensive Tuesday, attacking Republican claims that Social Security needs reforms.

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New D.C. Jobs Program Faces Challenges

Mayor Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed job placement program already has some supporters, but business leaders insist that it may not be enough to spur job growth.