Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant used to produce SUVs. Now it churns out the Ford Focus, with help from a federal loan program. House Republicans are looking to cut funding for the program to offset money for disaster relief. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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The New Standoff: Clean-Car Jobs Vs. Disaster Relief

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Data Show Housing Market Starting To Brighten

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Disaster Aid Hangs In Balance Of House Dust-Up

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in July 2010. Bernanke has been heavily criticized by Republican presidential candidates in recent months. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Political Heat Is Nothing New For The Fed

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President Obama shakes hands with investor Warren Buffett after presenting him with a 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom. One part of the president's deficit-reduction plan is named after Buffett, who suggested that high-income earners like him should pay more in taxes. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Does Buffett Rule Add Up For Obama Deficit Plan?

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How One Senator Can Stall A Widely Supported Bill

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When Cutting Spending, Panel Encouraged To 'Go Big'

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It's Up To Congress Whether To Back Obama's Plan

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Post Office Asks Congress For Permission To Change

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Ray Meyer researches potential employers at the library near his home in Kirkwood, Mo. He says the uncertainty of temp work is gnawing away at him. Tamara Keith/NPR hide caption

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Bumps On The Road Back To Work

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Obama Changes Speech Date After Dust-Up With GOP

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Immigration Activists Sift Through Policy Statement

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