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What Should Be In Obama's Jobs Plan? Six Ideas That Could Make The List

When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost-cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list.
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Can Jon Huntsman Break Away From The Pack?

The Republican White House hopeful is campaigning this week in New Hampshire, a state that has a history of welcoming independent-minded candidates. Huntsman, who's polling at just 3 percent in the state, has a delicate task there: He's trying to set himself apart from the crowded field of GOP candidates — but not too far apart.
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Some States Consider Scheduling Earlier Primaries

The line-jumping states are back again in the 2012 presidential cycle, eager to move their primaries into the limelight of January. That could mean Iowa and New Hampshire also move — into 2011. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins Melissa Block to discuss the primary calendar.
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Solar Panel Company Declares Bankruptcy

In 2010 President Obama gave a speech at the plant of a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont, Calif., saying "the future is here." That company, called Solyndra, has now declared bankruptcy. Melissa Block speaks with Bay Area business reporter George Avalos about what went wrong.
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In Jobs Debate, GOP Targets 'Regulatory Burdens'

As President Obama prepares to present his plan to boost employment, House GOP leaders are promising a competing jobs program — one that would repeal or weaken what they call job-killing regulations, especially on the environment.
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Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says

"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell tells NPR. That's why he said earlier this week that he doesn't yet know whether he'll vote for President Obama again.
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Md. Sen. Cardin Hopes To Influence Super Committee

Even though Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin isn't on the joint congressional committee charged with cutting the debt, he's hoping to have some influence on the process because of his position in Congress.

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Political Chat: Jobs Plan Scheduling Scuffle

President Obama recently asked for a joint session of Congress next Wednesday so he could discuss his jobs plan. House Speaker Boehner suggested next Thursday instead, and Obama agreed. Meanwhile, other GOP hopefuls are beginning to offer their own job plans. Host Michel Martin talks politics with author Michael Fauntroy and The Weekly Standard Opinions Editor Matthew Continetti.

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