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Single Mothers And The Cycle Of Poverty

Robert Siegel speaks with Olivia Golden, fellow at the Urban Institute, about why there has been an increase of single mothers who are in poverty.
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Firefighters Prevail In Fight for Health Insurance

President Obama has told federal agencies to start offering seasonal firefighters the same health benefits year-round federal employees get. The order came as legislation to make the change was introduced in Congress.
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What Happens When A City Declares Bankruptcy

San Bernardino, California is seeking bankruptcy protection. Officials said the government can not cover its bills and faces a $46 million deficit. Phil Batchelor, former interim city manager for Vallejo, California, talks about what happens to workers and services when a city goes bankrupt.
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Romney Absorbs Boos, Tells NAACP That Democrats Have Failed Blacks

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't expect a warm embrace at the NAACP annual convention in Houston. And he didn't get one. But despite sustained booing over his vow to repeal "Obamacare," he scored some points in his speech to the nation's oldest civil rights group.
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For Some People of Appalachia, Complicated Roots

For centuries the Melungeon people of Appalachia believed they were of Portuguese descent. Turns out, their direct lineage is more African than anything else. Guest host Maria Hinojosa speaks with Roberta Estes, lead researcher on a recent study about the ancestral make up of the Melungeons. Also joining the conversation is Wayne Winkler, a Melungoen man and author of the book "Walking Toward the Sunset: The Melungeons of Appalachia."
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New Coalition Lifts Up Latino LGBT Familia

The civil rights effort Familia es Familia, or 'Family is Family,' had its coming out party at the National Council of La Raza convention in Las Vegas. It aims to increase acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Latino community, and more than 20 Latino rights organizations have signed on. Guest host Maria Hinojosa talks with Ingrid Duran, the co-founder of Familia es Familia, and Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Did The Great Recession Bring Back The 1930s?

The downturn and sluggish recovery of recent years had been compared to the nation's worst economic period. Now that much more data is available to measure it, how did the Great Recession stack up against the Great Depression?

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