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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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  • Tea Party: It's Not Just Taxes, It's The Constitution
    The Tea Parties started as an anti-big government, anti-tax movement -- T-E-A stands for "Taxed enough already?" But Tea Partiers have another pressing concern -- an obsession, really -- the United States Constitution. And they believe the Constitution is being subverted by President Obama and the Democratic Congress.
  • Lew To Get Second Swipe As OMB Director
    President Obama has selected Jacob Lew to replace Peter Orszag as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew was the director of the OMB from 1998 to 2001 during the Clinton administration and is currently the deputy secretary of management and resources at the State Department.
  • Letters: Polanski, M.I.A.
    Robert Siegel and Michele Norris read from listeners' letters about coverage of Roman Polanski's legal battle and a review of the new album "Maya" from M.I.A.
  • Oakland Looks At Taxing Pot To Close Budget Gap
    Oakland, Calif., is laying off police officers to cope with a spiraling budget crisis. The cuts come as Oakland is wrestling with lingering racial unrest over the death of a young black man shot by a transit police officer. Money is the only solution to the city's budget problems, and some of it may come from a new proposal to tax marijuana.
  • Berkeley Students To Get DNA Test In Welcome Kits
    Incoming freshmen at the College of Letters and Science at the University of California Berkeley will be offered voluntary DNA tests to analyze genes that help control the body's responses to alcohol, dairy products and folic acid. Robert Siegel talks with Mark Schlissel, dean of biological science at the college, about the plan.
  • Skimming The Surface For New Tar In Louisiana
    Local officials around Lake Pontchartrain thought they were safe from the oil, but tar balls have arrived. Now local governments are trying out some new ideas to scoop up the oil -- but innovation is expensive.
  • Consumer Credit Scores Head South
    New figures show that 25.5 percent of consumers -- nearly 43.4 million people -- have a credit score of 599 or below, marking them as poor risks for lenders. Michele Norris talks with John Ulzheimer, a credit expert at, about Americans' sinking credit scores.
  • Summer Jobs: Theme Parks
    What's a good summer jobs roundup without stories about working at a theme park? Today, as part of our series on memorable summer jobs, Robert Siegel and Michele Norris present listener stories about the reality behind the fantasy. Listener Rabbi Anthony Fratello recounts his days as "The Skipper" on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland, and Elisabeth Divis of Ann Arbor, Mich., remembers her time appraising pearls at Sea World in Ohio.
  • Exploring The American Dream In The South Bronx
    Arthur Levine has spent much of his career writing about how tough it is for poor minority kids to get into college. Rarely has this widely respected educator written more urgently than in his latest book, Unequal Fortunes. It was a journey that took him back to his childhood in the South Bronx.
  • Chamber Of Commerce Calls Out Obama On Jobs
    With the unemployment rate stuck above 9 percent, business groups are stepping up their criticism of the White House and Congress. Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a jobs summit and sent an open letter to the president and Congress to make the point that something needs to be done to improve the business climate. Tamara Keith

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