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White House Reminds Firms Not To Overlook Long-Term Jobless

President Obama is asking a group of CEOs to pledge not to discriminate against the long-term unemployed. But new research suggests that these job seekers may face an even greater challenge — many of them are not even being considered by employers. Our Planet Money team looks into the research and challenges facing these job seekers.
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The Annual Awards For Children's Books Are Out

Flora & Ulysses, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated in black and white by K. G. Campbell, is this year's best children's book. The American Library Association made the announcement Monday. Locomotive, by Brian Floca, is the most distinguished picture book.
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Denver Broncos Are Popular With Jersey City Crowds

One of the autograph seekers targeted John Elway, the former star quarterback who's now a Broncos executive. The team's press director said Elway had to keep moving — had to meet the mayor of Jersey City. That's when the autograph seeker smiled and said, "I'm the mayor of Jersey City."
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Obama Expected To Propose Expanding Preschool Programs

President Obama is expected to propose an expansion of preschool programs in his State of the Union Address. Most states have bought into the idea and restored funding for the programs. What's less clear is where the long-term funding is going to come from, and whether the quality of these programs are worth the investment.
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Brothers Levin Near The End Of A 32-Year Congressional Partnership

Last March, Sen. Carl Levin announced his final term. But his brother, Rep. Sandy Levin, will run for re-election next year. "It's difficult for me to imagine Carl's not being a partner and my closest friend," Sandy says. Tuesday's State of the Union speech will be the last where they sit, as they always have, side by side.
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Tech Leader Quasi-Apologizes For His Nazi Rampage Analogy

After comparing the outrage over the richest one percent to Kristallnacht, venture capitalist Tom Perkins quasi-apologized Monday night. "The use of the word ... was a terrible misjudgment," he said, before noting "I don't regret the message."
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New Bipartisan Farm Bill Emerges From Long Debate In Congress

A five-year farm bill will end months of uncertainty for farmers and agriculture workers, its backers say. The Agricultural Act of 2014 would also end a long-criticized farm subsidy program.
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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

The X Games have changed the lineup and atmosphere of the Winter Olympics with the introduction of snowboarding, half-pipe and now slopestyle. But when a youth-lifestyle, punk-rock sport makes it to the Olympics, some things inevitably change.
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A Closer Look At The NFL's Most Taken-For-Granted Point

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently toyed with the idea of getting rid of the extra point — the post-touchdown, 1-point kick that's successful 99.5 percent of the time.
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Billionaire Beach Owner Wants Californians To Keep Out

It's the latest in an ongoing battle between the state and its richest residents over choice stretches of beach. This fight involves Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and a spectacular slice of sand south of San Francisco.

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