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CEO In Chief? A Business Background Is Rare For Presidents

Republican Mitt Romney is running on the strength of his business background. He says he knows how to fix the economy in part because of his success at Bain Capital. But history is not necessarily on Romney's side. Very few businesspeople have made it to the White House.
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FDA Rules Corn Syrup Can't Change Its Name To Corn Sugar

The FDA ruled that changing the name high fructose corn syrup to "corn sugar" would cause confusion. Makers of corn syrup say their product has unfairly received a bad rap and had asked the agency to allow the change almost two years ago.
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Obama's Own Story Defines His American Dream

From the moment he burst on the national scene, Barack Obama has served as a living example of the American dream — proof that in this country, anyone can succeed. But what sets him and other Democrats apart from Republicans is the idea of the American dream as a collective enterprise.
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Tea Party Still Flexing Muscles In Senate Races

Tuesday night there was another strong Tea Party showing in the Republican Senate primary in Texas. The expected nominee, David Dewhurst, was unable to avoid a runoff because of strong far right support for Ted Cruz. Melissa Block talks with Emily Ramshaw of the Texas Tribune about the result.
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In N.J., Democratic Frenemies Wage Final Battle

The U.S. House colleagues from neighboring congressional districts in northern New Jersey once called themselves friends. But redistricting means Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman will face off in the Democratic primary on Tuesday for one congressional seat. The race has been anything but friendly.
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Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'

The federal government is giving the state almost $2 billion to overhaul the health system. Part of the money will provide a new program to aid the sickest patients, and the governor wants to create organizations in each town that will connect health care providers, decrease competition and let patients go wherever they need to get the best care.
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Wave Of Gun Violence Has Seattle On Edge

Melissa Block talks with Martin Kaste about an epidemic of gun violence in Seattle. A shooting near the University of Washington on Wednesday killed two people and wounded three. A woman was shot and killed in a separate incident in the center of the city. All this follows a weekend of violence that has the city shaken.

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