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The economy again takes center stage

Posted: Feb. 15, 2013 | Tags: economy

The national economy took center stage again this week with the president's State of the Union address, and reporter Michael Lawson uses Obama's call for a hike in the minimum wage to file a story on the increase in the number of working families who are still considered "working poor," according to government income thresholds. We also revisit our colleagues, Donald Barlett and James Steele, who have been writing about the economy — and, specifically, the intersection of Washington and Wall Street policies that have contributed to the nation's current plight. The two talk about their journalistic practices of the last 40 years, and of their work on "The Betrayal of the American Dream," published last summer and expected to be released in paperback in September.




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