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11:15am

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: Congress Got Richer In 2010

Roll Call, a newspaper that specializes on reporting from Capitol Hill, digs through the personal financial disclosure forms of elected officials every couple of years to look at trends in the aggregate.

In its analysis of this year's data, it found that "members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25 percent increase over the 2008 total..."

Roll Call reports:

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10:47am

Tue November 1, 2011
The Salt

'Trade You Snickers For Smarties': The Economics of Halloween Candy

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 1:05 pm

Sierra Lewter grabs a coveted candy after trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Melissa Forsyth NPR

Budgets may be tight, but that didn't stop Americans from throwing down more money for Halloween candy this year than ever before.

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10:34am

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

U.N. Security Council Expresses Concern Over Weapons In Libya

The United Nations Security Council expressed concern over the security of the stockpile of weapons in Libya. It specifically worried that weapons — shoulder-fired missiles for example — left behind by the regime of Moammar Gadhafi could end up in the hands of Al-Qaida.

Reuters reports:

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10:06am

Tue November 1, 2011
Law

Inmates May Be Freed By Crack Cocaine Case Review

Originally published on Tue November 1, 2011 4:07 pm

Across the country on Tuesday, federal judges began reviewing the prison sentences of thousands of men and women jailed on crack cocaine charges. Many inmates could be released or see their sentences sharply reduced.

Congress voted last year to ease federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine. But a decision this summer to revisit old drug cases has sparked new controversy.

Some History

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10:00am

Tue November 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Bank Of America Dropping Plan For $5 Monthly Debit-Card Fee

Bank of America just confirmed that it is dropping a plan to charge many of its debit-card customers $5 a month if they use them to make purchases.

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