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Episode 392: Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

How the federal agency that compiles the monthly jobs report makes sure it doesn't leak.
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Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.
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Despite Jobs Added, U.S. Unemployment Rose In July

Employers added 163,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in July — the biggest amount since February. However, the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent.
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New York Officials: Breast Milk May Be Best 'Formula'

New York City officials hope an initiative will help more new moms choose breast-feeding over baby formula. Some critics are sour on the idea, urging the government to stand back and not create another layer of pressure to already-anxious new parents.
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Gymnast Gabby Douglas A Breakthrough Olympic Star

Gabrielle Douglas has gone from being a little girl who talked her mom into letting her pursue gymnastics to a gold medal Olympian.
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Track Cyclist's Admitting To Intentional Crash Won't Bring Investigation

If one thing is clear at these London Games, it's that not doing one's best is not only uncool — it's not allowed. Witness the badminton-to-worstminton scandal that erupted earlier this week. But in track cycling, what seems to be an admission of crashing on purpose won't bring an inquiry.
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With Annan Out, U.S. Is Pressured To Act In Syria

International Envoy Kofi Annan is quitting and his peace plan for Syria in tatters. So, what will the U.S. and others do now? President Obama has quietly allowed a group to raise money to give to the Free Syrian Army and U.S. diplomats have been trying to get a better sense of the opposition on the ground, offering non-lethal support. Syrian opposition figures complain that these are only small adjustments that won't make a difference amid a rapidly changing situation on the ground.

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