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Thu November 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Census: More Grown Men Are Living With Their Parents


The Census has some news for parents who thought they had an empty nest, only to find their grown child is back in the basement: You are not alone.

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Thu November 3, 2011

Income Gap Becomes Politicians' Latest Battleground

There's been a shift in the economic discussion in American politics. For months, the debate was focused on government spending, regulations, debt and taxes. Now there's something new: income inequality.

And it's not just the Occupy Wall Street protesters who are worried about the growing gap between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America. The gap has been growing for 30 years, but in the midst of the recession, it appears to have reached a tipping point.

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Thu November 3, 2011

LSU-Alabama Preview: The Honey Badger As X Factor

Saturday's game between No. 1 Louisiana State University and No. 2 Alabama has been called "the game of the century." In 2010, LSU beat their SEC rivals, 24-21.
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The top-ranked LSU Tigers will be in Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday, in what some college football fans are calling "the game of the century."

But it's hard to know if the clash between the nation's top two teams will live up to the billing.

"To paraphrase Kierkegaard," NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca tells Renee Montagne, "football games must be played forward, but can only be understood backward."

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Thu November 3, 2011
Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials

Generation Gap: How Age Shapes Political Outlook

A new survey from the Pew Research Center finds wide gaps in how different generations view politics. Older voters are more conservative, more angry at the government and less hopeful about the future of the country. Younger voters lean left, wish the government played a greater role in their lives and believe the nation's best days are yet to come.

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Thu November 3, 2011
The Salt

FDA Officials In China To Plug New Food Safety Law

A worker monitors the loading of containers on to a ship at a harbor in China's Shandong province. Under a new U.S. law, Chinese food exporters will now have to share more food safety information with American food importers.
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Fifteen percent of the food Americans eat is imported, including 80 percent of the seafood, and two-thirds of the fruit and vegetables. Our current food safety system can't even begin to keep tabs on the 24 million shipping containers loaded with food that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration estimates arrived this year from overseas. Increasingly, that food is coming from China, which has suffered a series of scandals involving tainted food.

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