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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the Affordable Care Act.

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Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:22pm

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets.

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The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:06pm

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:40pm

Audie Cornish talks with Kenneth Rogoff, professor of economics at Harvard University, and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.

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Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

President Obama wants to expand an existing tax credit for child care and create a new one for families with two working spouses. He also wants to make two years of community college free and expand access to retirement savings programs.

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Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Everyone hates to pay extra for checked baggage on an airline. But you probably aren't paying enough — in fact, your baggage is bumping far more lucrative cargo.

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Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:25pm

Standard & Poor's has agreed to pay fines of nearly $80 million to settle charges that it changed the way it was rating securities in a bid to win business, but didn't bother to tell investors. The firm also agreed to a one year ban on rating certain kinds of securities. A separate Justice Department investigation is still underway.

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Google's Stake In SpaceX Puts It Closer To Goal Of Internet Access For All

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:17am

Elon Musk's SpaceX received a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity, which now own slightly less than 10 percent of the firm. SpaceX is currently valued at $10 billion.

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To Drive Economy Toward Equality, Obama Requests More Spending

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03am

His State of the Union address celebrated a year that brought the U.S. jobs and growth, and called on Congress to expand child care and free education. Critics say it's pure politics that won't pass.

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Scandium Middle Man Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time, that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something, almost no one wanted.

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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:02am

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:59am

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.

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J.C. Penney Brings Back Its Print Catalog, After A 5-Year Hiatus

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 6:23pm

The company finds that even if people don't order directly from the catalogs, they still serve a purpose.

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U.K. Tabloid 'The Sun' Ends Topless Tradition

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

Britain's most popular newspaper will reportedly stop featuring photos of topless women on its pages. The Sun began its "Page 3" pictures 44 years ago, but there has long been criticism of the feature, which critics say objectifies women.

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Obama Could Get More Cheers From Republicans On Trade

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 3:26pm

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, there's likely to be a deep partisan divide on many of the proposals. Trade is one area where Republicans will be applauding while many Democrats are sitting on their hands.

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How Your Food Gets The 'Non-GMO' Label

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:48am

Demand for foods certified as GMO-free is ballooning. Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.

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State of the Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:07am

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?

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