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Jobless Rate Falls For Blacks, But It's Not Good News Yet

The labor market continues its recovery, and after a string of bad news, things would seem to be to turning around for African-American workers, too. They're finding more jobs, but at the lower end of the pay scale.
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Recent Financial Crackdowns A Sign Of Government Toughness

The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department have both delivered big crackdowns on Wall Street players in recent weeks. New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about whether the government is taking a tougher stand on financial crimes.
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August Recess Leaves Unfinished Business

Lawmakers left spending bills undone as they left Washingon for a five-week summer recess. NPR's congressional reporter Tamara Keith joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to wrap up business on the hill.
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How A Leaker Decides To Spill The Beans

Daniel Ellsberg, the famous whistle-blower who leaked the Pentagon Papers when he was a military analyst in 1971, was tried under the Espionage Act. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to Ellsberg about how he views leakers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden in light of his own story.
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Cow Town Opts For Funk Over Funky Smell

The stench of cattle haunts Greeley, Colo., and that's not doing the tourism industry any favors. The city, long reliant on meatpacking, is desperately trying to shake its image by constructing a new one.
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Durbin, Harkin Take On Immigration Critic In His Own District

Democratic senators Dick Durbin and Tom Harkin went to Republican Rep. Steve King's Iowa district on Friday to refute his statement about "Dreamers" — young people brought to the U.S. by undocumented parents — that even some top Republicans called outrageous.
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Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.
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Congress May Be Getting Its Own Obamacare Glitch Fixed

The Obama administration says it has solved a thorny issue that threatened the health insurance coverage of more than 10,000 congressional staffers. But critics say the administration is overstepping its legal authority.
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Obama Nominee For IRS Chief Has History With Tough Tasks

President Obama has nominated John Koskinen as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. While the president calls him "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform," Koskinen will likely face tough questions from Republicans during his upcoming confirmation hearings.
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Congressional Recess Isn't A Cease-Fire; It's A Chance To Reload

The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.

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