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Crunching The Job Numbers

Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to look at the latest jobs numbers. They talk about why businesses big and small aren't ready to make major hiring decisions yet — and whether that will change if politicians avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'

What Rep. Allen West & Obama Have In Common

Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar open up the listener inbox for BackTalk. This week, they fact check a comment Representative Allen West made on the program, comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln. But West is not the only politician who has done that.

A Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad For The Jobless

An unexpected boost in hiring, with employers adding 146,000 jobs last month, might make it more difficult for Democrats to argue in favor of renewing benefits for the long-term unemployed. More than 2 million people who get extended jobless benefits may lose them in January if Congress doesn't act as part of discussions on the fiscal cliff.

Michigan Likely To Become A Right-To-Work State

The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.

South Carolina's Jim DeMint To Leave U.S. Senate

Republican Senator Jim DeMint announced Thursday that he is resigning his seat from South Carolina to become president of the right-leaning Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank. What will his departure mean for the Senate and for South Carolina?
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Analysis: Another Delay On Financial Disclosure Rules For Staffers

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the latest delay in implementing a rule that would require thousands of legislative and executive staff members to post their financial disclosures online.

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Analysis: Investigation Into D.C. Mayor Gray's 2010 Campaign Picks Up

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest into the investigation of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign.