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  Presidentiality: ‘Treason?’

In this new web series, Need to Know dissects the rhetoric of the campaign trail. This week: The annals of “treason” are filled with some of history’s most reviled traitors. Now, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has suggested a new candidate: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.


With Obama and Republicans set to spar over jobs, what can we learn from ‘Obamanomics?’

The jobs debate begins in earnest this week, with President Obama set to address Congress and Republicans meeting for a televised debate. But what can we learn from past efforts to spur job growth?


As lawmakers push rival debt plans, only one person is still seeking compromise: Obama

A “grand bargain” would seem impossible at this point, but Obama is still pushing for one. Lawmakers in both parties meanwhile, planned votes on their rival debt plans.


Moody’s: You know what? Just scrap the debt limit altogether

The novel proposal suggests that rating agencies would rather the government meet its obligations to creditors than grapple over how much spending to slash.


Niall Ferguson on the Tea Party, budget cuts and the economy

Niall Ferguson, the Harvard historian, joins Need to Know’s Jon Meacham to discuss his many battles over the Tea Party, the budget and the jobless recovery.


One step forward: A jobs program provides hope for the unemployed

Need to Know travels to Mississippi to see whether an experimental jobs program there can deliver hope to the unemployed.


Blueprint America special report: Dangerous crossing

Need to Know teamed up with Blueprint America to check in with residents of Buford, Atlanta, where a highway dividing the town makes pedestrian safety a major concern.


Obama, where art thou?

Studies show that Tibetans possess a gene that keeps their blood flowing at high altitudes, a very recent example of evolution. Is this what happened to President Obama, when he rose to the greatest height? Steve Brodner explains.


  Need to Know, July 9, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Women in the military’s elite bomb squad. Special courts for veterans. And BP’s “other” disaster in the Gulf. Plus: A special summer movie edition of Next Week’s News.

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