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Winter Census Tallies Homeless Veterans

Every winter the Department of Housing and Urban Development picks a night in January for a "point-in time" survey of the nation's homeless. One group of particular concern is the number of veterans in shelters or on the street.
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Super Bowl Gambling Includes 'Gimmick' Bets

Besides which team is going to win the Super Bowl, gamblers can bet on how many times Peyton Manning says "Omaha." Or even the color of Gatorade that's dumped on the winning coach. The Seattle Times calls those "gimmick bets."
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Capitol Hill Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Farm Bill

After a more than two-year stall, lawmakers have reached a compromise on the Farm Bill. That mammoth piece of legislation deals with agriculture policy and governs the federal food stamp program. For more on the legislation, Steve Inskeep talks to Derek Wallbank of Bloomberg News.
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Researchers Examine Gap Between Rich And Poor

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard economist Nathan Hendren, a co-author of the study, which shows social mobility in the United States is not decreasing. David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, says while mobility isn't getting any worse, there still is a big gap between rich and poor.
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Obama Prepared To Bypass Congress If Needed

When President Obama gives his State of the Union Address, he's likely to hit on familiar themes: expanding opportunity for all Americans, pushing for immigration overhaul and investment in infrastructure. And he's expected to say that if Congress doesn't act, he'll move forward with his own initiatives through executive action. This comes as Congress gave him very little of what he asked for last year.
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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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