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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.
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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.
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At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Audie Cornish talks with Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.
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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.
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Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Everyone hates to pay extra for checked baggage on an airline. But you probably aren't paying enough — in fact, your baggage is bumping far more lucrative cargo.
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Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay fines of nearly $80 million to settle charges that it changed the way it was rating securities in a bid to win business, but didn't bother to tell investors. The firm also agreed to a one year ban on rating certain kinds of securities. A separate Justice Department investigation is still underway.
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Minimum Wage Debate Arises Again In Richmond

Will the state legislature's Republican majority soften to Democratic proposals? Democrats say it's possible.

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For D.C.-Area Republicans, Obama's Speech Is A Non-Starter

The region's GOP lawmakers said the State Of The Union offered a series of misguided proposals for keeping the economy on track.

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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.
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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.

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