Economy

 
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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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IT research and the U.S. economy: A long view

As taxpayers consider government spending in the midst of a vitriolic presidential election campaign season, Princeton University’s Margaret Martonosi cautions against reducing investment in science and technology research, which she argues, would hamper our nation’s long-term competitiveness and economic prosperity.

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  Anya Kamenetz on the ‘debt generation’

Ray Suarez interviews Anya Kamenetz, author of “Generation Debt,” who says too many students are being given advice that leads them into permanent, overwhelming debt.

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  Economics lesson: The student-debt dilemma

With student loan debt now nearing $1 trillion, Need to Know looks at the dilemma facing young people: go to college and likely accumulate tens of thousands of dollars in debt, or skip it and risk never qualifying for a higher-paying job.

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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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  Fighting foreclosures in Nevada

Why haven’t federal efforts to stem the tide of foreclosures had a bigger impact? Need to Know travels to Nevada, on the eve of the GOP caucuses there, to examine the state with one of the worst foreclosure problems in the nation.

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Why the U.S. should ignore Iran for now

Closing the Strait of Hormuz is a disaster, not so much for the U.S., but for Asia. Asian powers like China and Japan should therefore take the lead in addressing Iranian concerns and ratcheting down tension, writes Joshua Foust.

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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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It’s the Chinese, stupid

GOP candidates have been invoking anti-China rhetoric to appeal to voters, but that strategy may not be so clear-cut in South Carolina, which has established strong business ties with the country.