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4:23 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Romney Flunks Obama On Economy; President Mocks GOP 'Tax Cut Fairy Dust'

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event Thursday in Golden, Colo.
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Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 6:32 pm

In his first campaign speech since returning from his trip abroad, Republican Mitt Romney on Thursday told an audience in the swing state of Colorado that President Obama has failed on the economy. And he wielded a scorecard to make his point.

"His policies have not worked," Romney said in Golden, Colo., outside Denver. "They have not gotten America back to work again. My policies will work."

Obama spent much of the day in battleground Florida before a planned evening trip to another swing state, Virginia.

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It's All Politics
4:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Head Of Embattled ATF Says Running Bureau 'Testing All Of My Skill Sets'

B. Todd Jones, acting director of the ATF, speaks in Washington in 2010 while Attorney General Eric Holder looks on.
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Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 7:00 pm

Nearly a year ago, Justice Department leaders turned to B. Todd Jones to solve one of their most urgent problems: a crisis at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The former U.S. Marine answered the call to duty and agreed to serve as ATF's acting director. His mission: to turn the bureau around in the face of congressional investigations that have shaken ATF to its core.

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The Salt
4:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Extreme Makeover, Potato Edition

Jane Greenhalgh NPR

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:12 am

The sizzle seems to be gone from America's long-term relationship with the potato. Consumers are eating fewer of them, especially the kind that's not fried in a vat of hot oil. But what if a new and different potato arrived in town? A stylish one, with colorful flesh that was good for you, too?

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Economy
4:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Americans Divided On Historically Low Interest Rates

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:39 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONDSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

This week, the Federal Reserve acknowledged that the U.S. economy is losing strength. Economic recovery has been disappointing, and record low interest rates have not proven to be as helpful as some predicted. As it happens, they also mean different things whether you're a borrower or a saver. Thirty-year fixed home mortgage rates of three and half percent are one thing, earning less than a percent on your savings account is another.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

A Year From Debt Ceiling Debacle, What's Changed?

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:39 pm

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A year ago today, Congress and President Obama stepped back from the brink. They agreed to a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevented disastrous government default. But the tortured process left no one satisfied. The government lost its triple-A bond rating. The stock market plunged. And President Obama and Congress both saw their approval ratings plummet.

As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, the summer gridlock of 2011 helped set the stage for everything that's followed in 2012.

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