Economy

 
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  Brain drain

Should the government make it easier for foreign-born, hi-tech workers to stay in the United States, as companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft argue? Or are these workers already undercutting the job market for Americans? Need to Knows Rick Karr travels to Silicon Valley and to New York City to investigate.

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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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  Dr. Jay Gulledge on what rising seas mean for the U.S.

Scott Simon talks with Dr. Jay Gulledge about what sea-level rise might mean for the nation, and what we can do today to prepare.

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  Rising tide in Norfolk, Va.

Mayor Paul Fraim tells Need to Know that if sea-level rise continues, some parts of his city may have to be abandoned to the rising tide.

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  The people’s choice

An interesting power-to-the-people experiment is taking place in New York City, with some taxpayers getting a much bigger say about how their tax dollars are being spent. It’s called participatory budgeting.

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  The inner city jobs crisis: What’s the solution?

Deborah Simmons of The Washington Times and Algernon Austin of the Economic Policy Institute discuss possible solutions for the unemployment crisis in inner cities.

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  ‘The Corner,’ revisited: Have recent economic gains changed anything in inner city Baltimore?

Scott Simon returns to inner city Baltimore to see if recent economic gains are improving the lot of under-employed and unemployed young African-American men there.

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The precarious jobs recovery

Jobs are coming back fast enough to blunt Republican attacks against Obama on the economy, but jobs aren’t coming back fast enough to significantly reduce the nation’s backlog of 10 million jobs, writes Robert Reich.

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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.