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In Tough Times, Philadelphia Bucks The Trend

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The Quest For Kosher Among China's Other Billion

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Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist jokes as he is introduced before addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 19, 2010, Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Read His Lips: No New Taxes

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From left, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso participate in a media conference after an EU summit of eurogroup members at the EU Council building in Brussels on July 21, 2011. Eurozone leaders agreed on a second bailout package for Greece. Virginia Mayo/Associated Press hide caption

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Debt, From Ancient Tool To Modern Weapon

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Cordray Nominated To Lead Watchdog Agency

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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee delivers his budget address to a joint session of the general assembly Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I. Stew Milne/AP hide caption

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R.I. Governor: On Education, Voter ID Bill

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Afton State Park is one of the victims of Minnesota's government shutdown. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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In Minn. Government Shutdown, State Parks Suffer

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Because of the government shutdown, all state parks around Minnesota are closed, including Fort Snelling historic site in Minneapolis. Jim Mone/AP hide caption

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Minnesotans Frustrated As Shutdown Hits Day Eight

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Obama Discusses Deficit In Twitter Town Hall

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States Wrestle With Their Own Budget Showdowns

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Joseph Cassioppi, David Lillehaug, Solicitor General Alan Gilbert and Attorney General Lori Swanson enter a hearing room before testimony Tuesday at a hearing at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul. The hearing focused on services that will receive emergency funding while a state budget impasse continues. Jim Gehrz/AP hide caption

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