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Urban Outfitters And The Politics Of Cool

A recent poll confirms that the youngest voters are more likely to support President Obama than Republican Mitt Romney. So when Urban Outfitters unveiled a line of Romney T-shirts, the decision immediately generated a buzz.
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Eyes On Election, Governors Hedge On Health Care

At the annual National Governors Association meeting, health care is a hot agenda item. State leaders are at odds with one another over the Affordable Care Act, and some who oppose the law won't yet say whether they'll use federal funds to expand Medicaid programs.
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Green Party Pick Gives Democrats Brunt Of Criticism

Massachusetts physician Jill Stein won her party's nomination for president of the United States in Baltimore on Saturday. Stein calls her platform the Green New Deal, and it promises a series of emergency reforms.
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A Tale Of Two Cities: Too Many Jobs, Or Not Enough

Yuma, Ariz., along the Mexican border, has the country's highest jobless rate, at 28.9 percent — more than three times the national rate. Bismarck, N.D., has the lowest rate, at just 2.5 percent. Both communities are struggling with the realities of those economic extremes.
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Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
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Pennsylvania Cuts Medicaid Coverage For Dental Care

Pennsylvania used to have broad coverage of dental care for Medicare beneficiaries. But cuts to the state budget have led the Medicaid program to cover only basic dental services.
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Two Governors, Two Approaches To Solvency

The National Governors Association holds its annual meeting this weekend in Williamsburg, Va. Revenue in most states has been steadily decreasing, and weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Massachusetts' Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal about the different approaches they're taking to help their states recover from the recession.
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Challenges Ahead For Oregon's Health Exchanges

Oregon is one of the states that's furthest along in setting up its health insurance exchange. But the exchange's executive director, Rocky King, still has much work ahead if that state is to meet the federal deadlines that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks back in with King about the challenges Oregon faces to finish its exchange by 2014.

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