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JPMorgan's Growing Loss Shakes Investor Faith

Traders who made calamitous bets on corporate debt have cost JPMorgan Chase nearly $6 billion so far. The bank announced the losses on Friday but said the firm still managed to earn $5 billion in the second quarter. But the impact of the trading loss goes far beyond the bottom line.
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D.C. Mayor Under Fire For Unreported Campaign Cash

The city of Washington, D.C., has seen plenty of political scandals and this year is no exception. Two city council members have pleaded guilty to fraud, and now D.C. mayor Vincent Grey is under pressure to resign amid charges of corruption.
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Texas Voter ID Law Now In Hands Of Three-Judge Panel

The judges are expected to make a decision by late August, and a lot of people outside Texas are interested in the outcome. A number of states have passed voter ID laws, and several await Justice Department "preclearance." If Texas loses, it will almost certainly appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Struggling Families Lift Themselves Out Of Poverty

An Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group encourages low-income families to figure out for themselves what they need to get ahead, and then helps them achieve their goals. Its pilot program for low-income families is proving to be a promising new approach to an old problem.
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Federal Mine Agency Considering Tougher Response On Black Lung

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Labor Department are putting together a team of agency experts and lawyers to consider statutory and regulatory weaknesses detailed by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity this week.
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An Olympic-Sized Outrage Grows Over French Fry Sales At The Games

McDonald's deal to block others from selling fries at the Olympics is giving some people heartburn. Hear more tonight on All Things Considered, and check out our Storify of what we're reading now.
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The Nuts And Bolts Of High-Speed Rail

California lawmakers gave the green light to the first phase of construction of high-speed rail in the state. Does this mean that America is on track for faster, sleeker trains? What potential speed bumps still lie ahead? Railroad engineer Christopher Barkan discusses the costs, benefits and state of the technology.
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It's All Politics, July 12, 2012

Mitt Romney, hearing boos at the NAACP convention, now knows what we go through each week on the podcast. President Obama, facing poor economic news, changes the subject with an assault on Romney and the GOP on taxes. Plus updates on Reps Charlie Rangel (victory), Jesse Jackson Jr. (health), Shelley Berkley (ethics) and Thad McCotter (skadoodle).
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Nation's Governors Get What Federal Leaders Miss?

The bipartisan National Governors Association is meeting in Virginia, where they aim to tackle big issues, like how to grow state economies amid national uncertainty. Guest host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican and outgoing chair of the National Governors Association.

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