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How Bad Jobs Report Can Trigger Vicious Cycle

The economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, according to the Labor Department, and the unemployment rate increased for the first time in nearly a year, from 8.1 to 8.2 percent. Could that news have a psychological effect causing real problems for the economy? Host Michel Martin asks NPR's senior business editor Marilyn Geewax.
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Does Commitment To Faith Trump Loyalty To Law?

Pedro Hernandez was recently charged for the 1979 death of 6-year-old Etan Patz. The New York Times reports that Hernandez confessed to his Catholic prayer group in the 1980s, but no one went to authorities. Host Michel Martin explores the legal and religious aspects of confession with lawyer Daniel Van Ness and Father Robert Kaslyn.
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It's All Politics, May 31, 2012

Mitt Romney gets enough delegates, in some counts, to go over the top in his bid for the GOP nomination. But his celebration is upstaged by Donald Trump. Plus: The Texas GOP goes into overtime to find a Senate nominee, Rep. Thad McCotter plans a write-in campaign, and a look ahead to Wisconsin.
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Judge, Justice Department Weigh In On Who Can Vote In Florida

A federal judge has blocked state elections officials from enforcing tough restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. And the Justice Department has sent a letter to Florida telling it to immediately halt efforts to purge from the voting rolls people suspected of being noncitizens.
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Employment Growth Slows As Jobless Benefits Shrink

May's higher unemployment rate and meager job creation couldn't have come at a worse time for the long-term unemployed. The unwelcome news arrives just as federal support for unemployment benefits is starting to fade.
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#FollowFriday: Twitter Survival Tips From The Romney Campaign Trail

NPR's Ari Shapiro says living on the Romney campaign trail means lots of waiting. Waiting for the press bus to depart, waiting for the candidate to arrive, waiting for the Secret Service sniffer dog to inspect your gear. It's hard to get actual work done during those lulls. But it's easy to scan Twitter.
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'Lousy' News: Just 69,000 Jobs Added In May; Jobless Rate At 8.2 Percent

Both numbers are disappointments. Economists had expected BLS would say the jobless rate was 8.1 percent and that payrolls expanded by at least 150,000 jobs.
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Rare Double Egg Laid In Abilene, Texas

Every day on her farm in Abilene, Texas, Cookie Smith collects the eggs laid by her three hens. But recently she discovered something unusual in the coop. The Abilene Reporter News says it was an egg inside an egg. Smith and her husband decided not to eat either one.
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'Hero' Of Seattle Shootings: 'I Just Threw The Frigging Stool' At Gunman

But Lawrence Adams deflects the attention he's getting. He says the real hero is the barista who alerted police. A gunman killed four people at a cafe on Wednesday, and another person nearby, before taking his own life.

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