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Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

We don't call Hollywood a "Dream Factory" for nothing. If you have a vision of the sort of place you'd like to live, Tinseltown can bring it to life.
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Republican National Convention: Analysis Of Trump's Plans For The Economy And Creating Jobs

Speakers at the Republican National Convention address jobs and the economy. A convention update and analysis of Donald Trump's economic plans and how his own successes and failures as a businessman could shape voter opinion.

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'Ban The Box' Laws,' Do They Help Job Applicants With Criminal Histories?

To help ex-felons land jobs, many states have enacted a law that prevents employers from asking applicants to check a box to reveal criminal history. But these laws may not have the intended effect.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan On Why He Wants To Customize Welfare Benefits

Paul Ryan talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas to reshape the countries policies to address poverty in America. He wants welfare benefits to be tapered as recipients' financial situations improve.
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Summer Isn't Always A Vacation For Families Who Can't Afford It

If you've got kids, the summertime costs families who have to look for creative ways to afford it — and not just financially. Research shows lower-income kids typically fall behind over the summer.
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'Summer Of Love' Was More Fun, But 'Summer Of Loans' Is Good Too

Lending rates have been bumping along at historic lows this summer. That has helped a lot of people, such as home and car buyers. But it has hurt some too, including retirees and bankers.
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Herbalife Agrees To Pay $200 Million To Settle Complaints It Deceived Consumers

The FTC has ordered the company to revamp the way it compensates distributors, but because the punishment wasn't even tougher, Herbalife's share price rises.
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That First Paycheck Is An Exciting Moment ... And A Teachable One

Your first job can be a critical moment that sets you on a good financial path or a bad one. One group is trying to make sure low-income young adults get off to the right start.
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Metro Faces Yawning Deficit As Budget Is Squeezed From Both Sides

The combination of declining ridership and ballooning labor costs have set the stage for yearly deficits in excess of $1 billion inside of a few years, according to a new report presented to the WMATA board this week.

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Feeling Squeezed? Many Others Wedged Into The Same Tight Economic Spot

A new study shows that it's not your imagination: Far more people are seeing stagnant or falling wages. In 25 advanced economies, it's the same story.

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