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Video: American Voices: Cy Richardson

The National Urban League’s Cy Richardson on how to put money into the hands of those who have historically been shut out.

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Video: Gary Rivlin on the high cost of poverty

Journalist Gary Rivlin talks to Jeff Greenfield about the need for affordable, non-predatory credit in poor communities.

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Poll: Payday loans

Should payday loans be banned? Vote in our poll.

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Map center: Electoral college calculator

Create your own election day scenario with an interactive electoral college map.

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Video: American Voices: Jon Meacham

A Jon Meacham essay about how the federal legislation passed in 1965 under President Johnson fueled immigration.

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Video: Silicon Valley and immigration

Rep. Zoe Lofgren talks to Rick Karr about technological innovation and job creation in Silicon Valley — and the visa complications that might put all that to an end as foreign entrepreneurs decide to take their businesses and jobs overseas.

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Poll: Immigrants and jobs in America

Should immigrant entrepreneurs who create jobs be given special consideration to stay in the United States? Take our poll.

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Need to Know, May 4, 2012: The view from Main Street, leaving Afghanistan and Dan Savage on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

NTK visits one small town in Washington state to see how its residents are coping with the economic crisis. Maria Hinojosa hosts.

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Video: The view from Main Street

John Larson reports from Sumner, Wash., on how people in one small town are getting by despite frustration over the economy and the war in Afghanistan.