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  • Obama To Reveal Deficit-Cutting Plan
    The federal government will hit the limit on its credit card next month, unless Congress acts to raise the debt ceiling. The debt ceiling has many lawmakers thinking about how to rein in deficits for years to come. President Obama will offer his prescription Wednesday.
  • Failure To Hike Debt Limit Would Have Consequences
    Congress and the White House have turned their attention to the need to raise the debt limit. Some in Congress are balking at the idea of once again raising the limit. That has some observers worried about the possibility of a U.S. default in the financial markets.
  • 'Lessons' From Deval Patrick: A (Not) Likely Story
    Even Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick himself describes the story of his life — from growing up on welfare in Chicago to thriving in business and politics — as "improbable." But he had a lot of help, he says, from a loving family and supportive teachers.
  • Recession Squeezes Disabled Workers Out Of Jobs
    The unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains stubbornly high, even as rates have fallen for other workers. During the recession, employers combined job descriptions so they could do more with fewer workers. This trend squeezes out people with developmental disabilities who typically have a more limited set of job skills.
  • Accusations Of Corruption Rampant In Afghanistan
    Convictions are rare in Kabul, facts are elusive, and many say arrests are not possible. Several figures seen as key to fighting corruption have themselves faced charges in recent months, leaving the Afghan public to wonder whether the accused have been caught red-handed, or perhaps were getting a bit too close to catching someone who really is guilty.
  • Afghan Opposition Wants 'Fundamental Reforms'
    Afghan opposition leader Abdullah Abdullah talks to Renee Montagne about bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. Abdullah is the head of the Coalition for Change and Hope in Afghanistan.
  • Ford Expects Parts Shortages To Slow Production
    Ford announced it might have to slow or stop production in Asia because of parts shortages from Japan. Ford has temporarily halted operations at some U.S. and European facilities because it can't get parts from Japanese factories affected by the earthquake and tsunami.
  • Parts Scarcity Forces Toyota To Close U.S. Factories
    Toyota is telling its dealers to brace for vehicle shortages because of the disaster in Japan. The company has also told its American workers to plan for some unscheduled days off. Toyota plans to shut down its U.S. factories five extra days this spring because of the parts shortage.
  • Cities Sue Online Firms Over Unpaid Hotel Taxes
    Washington, D.C., has joined dozens of other cities in going after online travel websites for what they claim are tens of millions of dollars in back taxes on hotel bookings. After years of court battles, online travel companies and cities agree that hotel laws need to be updated.
  • Ads Return To Japan TV After A Break For Tragedy
    TV commercials in Japan were pulled right after last month's earthquake and tsunami because they seemed inappropriate. Advertisers are still being careful. Some are opting for uplifting messages.

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