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5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Tax Deduction That Costs $180 Billion A Year

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 6:14 am

Morning Edition's series, the Twelve Days of Tax Deductions, zeroes in on some of the tax breaks lawmakers are grappling with as they hammer out a budget deal, to raise revenue, cut spending and avoid the end-of-year "fiscal cliff." On Day 11, we look at the deduction for employer sponsored health insurance.

Economy
5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Could 2013 Be A Good Economic Year?

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:53 am

Nariman Behravesh, chief economist of IHS Global Insight, talks to Steve Inskeep about his economic forecasts for 2013. Among his predictions: the U.S. recovery will gradually pick up steam. Unless it falls off a cliff — then a recession will probably be unavoidable.

Around the Nation
5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Storied Cajun Record Shop Is Going Out Of Business

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:30 am

Record shops have been closing across the country in recent years, victims of the digital music revolution. But the closing of Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte, La., is different. For 56 years, Floyd's hasn't just sold records, it has helped revitalize Cajun music. Floyd's is closing its doors for good on Christmas Eve.

Author Interviews
5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Oscar-winner Emma Thompson Revives 'Peter Rabit'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:34 am

After more than 80 years, Emma Thompson's The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit brings Beatrix Potter's beloved character back for a romp around the Scottish countryside — and lots of rule breaking. Thompson says Peter Rabbit's "disrespect for authority" is one of the things she loves about him. (This piece initially aired on October 11, 2012 on Morning Edition.)

Around the Nation
5:25 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Gun Ownership Is A 'Responsiblity To Be Proud Of'

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 5:30 am

Following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the debate over gun control has been reignited. Many have said that if there is going to be any action on gun control, law-abiding, responsible gun owners will need to be a part of the conversation. Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to Steven Rinella, a writer and avid hunter, about how he views the current debate.

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