Economy

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  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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  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.

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Poll: A referendum on the economy

What do you think of the Obama administration’s economic policies? Tell us in our weekly poll.

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Poll: Waiting for Superman

Is there one person who can turnaround our economy? Vote in our poll.

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  Reihan Salam: ‘There is good job creation and there is bad job creation’

Reihan Salam of The National Review argues that private initiatives, not federal subsidies, are the way to get the country back on track.

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  Staying on the job: A program in Rhode Island helps businesses keep people employed

As part of our Help Wanted series, we report on one job-saving initiative that seems to be paying off: A program in Rhode Island helps businesses keep workers employed.

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  Self starters: Going from unemployed to entrepreneur

In most states, jobless benefits are there to cushion the blow while you look for work. But Oregon does something different, using the benefits to encourage people to start their own businesses.

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Poll: The jobs crisis

Who’s best equipped to solve the jobs crisis? Vote in our poll.

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  In Perspective: The case for free trade and investing in ourselves

Jon Meacham proposes the case for free trade, and the need for innovation and investment in education.

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  Help wanted: The uncounted millions

Correspondent John Larson travels to Cuyahoga County in northern Ohio for an in-depth look at Americas job crisis. Even some of those with work there are feeling extraordinarily insecure struggling to pay their bills as their pay stagnates and their hours and benefits decline.

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  On ‘The Corner’ with David Simon

David Simon, author and creator of HBO’s The Wire, takes us to inner-city Baltimore to talk to chronically unemployed young men on the streets.

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  Christine Todd Whitman on states dealing with shrinking budgets

Need to Know host Scott Simon talks to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman about the difficult choices states are facing in a tough economic climate.