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  • Amid Skepticism, Obama Prepares For Jobs Speech
    The president's jobs proposal is expected to include a combination of new and extended tax cuts, new spending on public works projects, and assistance for those who've been out of work a long time. But he's dogged by the controversy that surrounds his early stimulus effort.
  • How To Create More Jobs Divides Capitol Hill
    President Obama will be addressing a house deeply divided when he goes before Congress on Thursday night. Many fellow Democrats hope to hear a speech filled with bold proposals to rally a dispirited nation. Republicans have their own plan, which revolves largely around legislation to knock down new and proposed labor and environmental rules.
  • Mall Counterterrorism Files ID Mostly Minorities
    Programs aimed at keeping a lookout for potential terrorists are not about profiling, government officials stress. But an analysis of suspicious activity reports of incidents at the Mall of America suggests that the mall may be questioning people based partly on their appearance.
  • Lockout Behind Them, NFL's Regular Season Starts
    The NFL regular season kicks off Thursday night with the New Orleans Saints traveling to Green Bay to take on last year's Super Bowl champions, the Packers.
  • Post-Taliban Jalalabad Fighting For Stability, Hope
    The Afghan city of Jalalabad is where top al-Qaida leaders were last seen as they fled Kabul after the attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11. The city then went on to become a hot bed of insurgent activity. A decade after Sept. 11, the city is trying to stay at peace.
  • Best Buy Aims To Attract More Online Shoppers
    Consumer electronics chain Best Buy plans to allow other retailers to sell items on its website. The company wants to attract more shoppers by offering more online. Working with third party merchants is a strategy that's long been used by Amazon and other retailers. Best Buy's new online marketplace comes at a time of sluggish sales.
  • Apprenticeships May Solve Skills Gap, Spark Economy
    Morning Edition has been asking business people for their one idea on how to help fix a part of the economy. Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, talks to Steve Inskeep about his idea of reviving apprenticeships.
  • e-Book Founder Michael S. Hart Dies At 64
    In 1971, computer scientist Michael S. Hart typed the text of the Declaration of Independence and made it available on a computer network so others could read it as well. It was an electronic document, and he created what you might think of as the prototypical e-book. Before his death this week at the age of 64, Hart founded Project Gutenberg, which provides free digital literature, to spread literacy.
  • Perry, Romney Capture Spotlight At GOP Debate
    Eight Republican presidential candidates gathered Wednesday night at the Reagan Presidential Library in California for a debate. It was the debate debut for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He's overtaken former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in national polls.
  • What New Jobs Fix Will Obama Propose Tonight?
    President Obama, in a joint session of Congress Thursday night, will announce his plan to get more Americans working. David Greene speaks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the challenges Obama faces promoting a jobs program and reviving the economy.

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