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2:07am

Tue June 26, 2012
World

As NATO Draws Down, Afghans Fear A Brain Drain

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 9:37 am

International aid has poured into Afghanistan in recent years, but it is expected to fall sharply as NATO forces pull out. That will place great strains on the economy, and may lead skilled Afghans to leave if they can't find work. Here, street children in Kabul collect food from an aid group.
Dar Yasin AP

As NATO troops leave Afghanistan, there will also be a decline in aid money that has flooded the country over the past decade and created hundreds of thousands of jobs funded by donor money.

That means fewer jobs for Afghans, and skilled Afghans may be tempted to leave the country as part of a brain drain that could further weaken a fragile state.

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2:05am

Tue June 26, 2012
Business

What's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The Price

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 12:07 pm

Eric Hagen charges people only what they can afford in his Recession Ride Taxi in Burlington, Vt.
Kirk Carapezza for NPR

In a recession, watching the meter on a taxi tick higher and higher can be distressing. But in Burlington, Vt., the Recession Ride Taxi lets customers set their own price.

Eric Hagen is a Wall Street banker-turned-cab-driver whose one-man "pay-what-you-want" taxi service has accrued dozens of faithful customers.

'I'd Be Walking'

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2:01am

Tue June 26, 2012
Books

Four Books To Help You Master Chicago Politics

Originally published on Tue June 26, 2012 8:08 am

Southern Illinois University Press

The term "Chicago politics" gets bandied about whenever people complain about what they see as corruption and abuse of power.

Republicans often apply the concept to President Obama, who calls Chicago home. Earlier this year, presidential candidate Mitt Romney called one of the president's appointments "Chicago-style politics at its worst," and Illinois Republican Aaron Schock once described Obama's team as "the Chicago machine apparatus."

But what does that mean? And what are Chicago politics really like?

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7:06pm

Mon June 25, 2012
The Record

Springsteen's American Dream, Beautiful And Bleak

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:39 pm

Bruce Springsteen onstage during the Born in the USA tour in 1985.
Richard E. Aaron Redferns

12:38pm

Mon June 25, 2012
Law

Ala. Juvenile Murderers Law Ruled Unconstitutional

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