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NPR's coverage of President Obama's comments on the "fiscal cliff" talks
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Could Post-Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Energize The Economy?
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Google Glass will be part of a trend in 2013 of computing and connectivity in devices we don't generally think of as computers. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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From 3-D Printers To Wired Glasses, The Tech Year Ahead
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Diana Vreeland's Rise To 'Empress Of Fashion'
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Is Our Economy Better Than Theirs?
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Tea Party supporter William Temple of Brunswick, Ga., protested outside the Supreme Court in June as justices debated the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 4 in Brussels, before she fell ill. Kevin Lamarque/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe Fails To Stimulate Growth In 2012
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, leaves the Senate chamber to caucus in the Capitol on Sunday. Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After Fruitless Weekend, Congress Still Seeks Fiscal Deal
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A Busy And Head-Scratching 2012 Hurricane Season
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