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Working class voters remain cold to Mitt Romney. Is his tax plan to blame?

Exit polls show working class Americans remain cold to Mitt Romney. His recently unveiled tax plan might have something to do with that.

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Super Tuesday offers crucial test for Republicans hurt by protracted primary campaign

Republican voters describe themselves as “depressed” and “underwhelmed” by the primary campaign. A muddled outcome on Super Tuesday would only make their depression worse.

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  The state of Ohio: Are recent economic gains helping struggling Americans?

In an updated Help Wanted edition of Need to Know, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of people who suffered during the recession.

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  Marcos Villatoro on how a government jobs program changed his father’s life

Essayist Marcos Villatoro recalls how FDR’s decision to create the Civilian Conservation Corps saved a generation of unemployed Americans, including his own father.

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  Help Wanted: Amid Nevada’s jobs crisis, trying to teach workers new skills

Nevada is in the midst of a jobs crisis. In addition to too many people searching for too few jobs, there’s another problem: young people don’t have the right skills.

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Another big problem with Newt Gingrich’s ‘food stamp’ claim

Newt Gingrich has come under fire for calling President Obama ‘the food stamp president.’ As it turns out, food stamps are one of the most effective ways to stimulate the economy during a recession.

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Voters don’t trust Gingrich on the economy, but he’s still beating Romney. Why?

Gingrich is surging — again — in the GOP race, even though voters trust Romney more on the economy. Why? It might have something to do with his anger.

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Newt Gingrich, the anti-capitalist

Newt Gingrich has criticized Mitt Romney for his time at the buyout firm Bain Capital. But he may have a hard time casting himself as an advocate of economic justice.

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  The view from Main Street

Need to Know traveled to New Hampshire, which boasts better economic numbers than most places in the U.S. But there’s also a more troubling story: how the downturn has wounded the middle class in a way that feels more permanent than temporary.

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