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White House's 'We The People' Petitions Find Mixed Success

The retro way to get the attention of the White House was to write an op-ed in a high profile newspaper, lobby Congress, or maybe even stage a march on Washington. Today all you need to do is click a few buttons. In 2011 the White House created a petitioning website called "We the People." Petitions that gather 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days receive an administration response. After more than a year in operation, Audie Cornish checks in with Jim Snider, a Harvard fellow who studies democratic reform in the information age, about the site's effectiveness.
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Drought Puts The Squeeze On Already Struggling Fish Farms

The year's dry, hot weather forced aquaculturists to spend a lot more to keep their fish healthy and fed. For US catfish farmers, though, already suffering from competition with Asia, the drought has been an especially hard blow.
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For Many Kids, Winter Break Means Hungry Holidays

Most kids look forward to their school's winter break. But millions of students in the U.S. get free or reduced-price meals at school, and when school is closed, many of those children eat less until classes are back in session.
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Hit-And-Run Deaths Increase, But Culprits Hard To Capture

In Los Angeles, where the car is the major mode of transportation, hit-and-run accidents involving pedestrians occur almost daily. But these crimes can be the most difficult for law enforcement to investigate and solve.
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Hold That Mini-Burger: Restaurants Forecast Food For 2013

Peruvian food, iPad menus and artisan cheese are all on the menu for 2013, but woe to the gazpacho. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, the tangy soup and those teeny sliders are on the way out.
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The Phantom Tax That Made The Deficit Look Better

Congress finally made a permanent fix to the alternative minimum tax, which threatened to boost the tax bills of millions of Americans each year. But the AMT also created a "useful fiction," as one analyst says, by appearing to shrink future budget deficits.
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Transocean To Pay $1.4 Billion In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

The owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig where 11 men died in April 2010 has agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties to resolve Justice Department allegations over its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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