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  On government: A Jon Meacham essay

Washington is once again debating the efficacy of regulation and the role of the state. But as history tells us, America does best when the private sector is energetic and entrepreneurial, and the government is attentive and engaged.

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Blagojevich guilty of lying to FBI, as jury deadlocks on most counts

The former Illinois governor was convicted of lying to FBI agents, but the jury hearing his corruption case was divided on 23 other charges. Prosecutors vowed immediately to retry the case.

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Obama forcefully defends plan to build mosque near Ground Zero

President Obama issued a forceful defense of plans to a build a mosque and Muslim community center near ground zero on Friday, stepping directly into one of the thorniest political conflicts of the year.

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U.S. lags behind its rivals in college degrees, especially in the south

President Obama warned that the U.S. economy may suffer from low rates of college graduation. The problem is especially stark in the south, where few adults aged 25 to 34 obtain degrees.

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Secret reports posted by WikiLeaks paint grim portrait of Afghan war

Confidential military records obtained by the group WikiLeaks paint a more complex and, in many cases, bleaker portrait of the war in Afghanistan than U.S. officials have publicly maintained.

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  Need to Know, July 23, 2010

This week: putting the Shirley Sherrod saga in context. A report on the most dangerous highway in Georgia. And a rare dispute between conservationists and renewable energy advocates in Wyoming.

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  The Shirley Sherrod saga, and how the media discusses race

Need to Know talks to Terence Samuel, deputy editor of The Root, an online magazine, to discuss the controversial resignation of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod, and how the media handles issues of race.

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  The battle over unemployment

Chrystia Freeland, global editor at large for Reuters, talks with Jon Meacham about the nation’s 9.5 percent unemployment rate, and the debate over how to fix the economy.

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Justice Department tries to block Arizona’s immigration law, as states take note

The Justice Department is suing to prevent Arizona from following through on its new immigration law, as 20 states with similar bills take notes.

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