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Jun. 19, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Irene Massey Getty Images/David Paul Morris Eighty-three-year-old Irene Massey — the nation's oldest mail carrier — celebrates her retirement in Concord, Calif., in 2005. The ongoing economic crisis is forcing even those who have saved for retirement to continue working to...


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Jun. 26, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Owen Wilson (AFP/Getty Images/Robyn Beck) Movie actor Owen Wilson, 40 — known as a happy-go-lucky “slacker” on screen — shocked fans in August 2007 when he reportedly slit his wrists and took a drug overdose in a suicide attempt. It was later revealed that he has fought a...


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Jun. 12, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Cheryl Aichele (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) Cheryl Aichele, a marijuana activist in Los Angeles who smokes pot to relieve chronic back pain, protests on Feb. 5 against the arrest of medical-marijuana dispensary operators in California. In March the Obama administration said it wo...


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Jun. 5, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Savana Redding, 19, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court on April 21, 2009, after it considered whether Arizona school officials violated her constitutional rights when they strip-searched her for drugs when she was 13. A decision is expected at the end of June.  (Getty Images/Ma...


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May 15, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Nadya Suleman (AFP/Getty Images/Robyn Beck) Nadya Suleman, a single mother from Southern California, was quickly dubbed “Octomom” after giving birth to octuplets in January. In apparent violation of accepted medical practice, a physician implanted at least six embryos in S...


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May 29, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Cover photo: Amazon's  Kindle 2 (Reuters/Mike Segar) Amazon's Kindle 2 digital book reader can store hundreds of books and read text aloud. Like the electronic Sony Reader, the Kindle features glare-free text easier on the eyes than a computer screen. (Reuters/Mike Segar)...


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Jul. 17, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Errors in trial testimony - A case study of George Rodriguez. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) George Rodriguez is free after spending 17 years in a Texas prison for a rape he did not commit. Rodriguez, who was awarded $5 million, is one of four men released from prison in rece...


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Jul. 24, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A coal-fired power  plant in western Pennsylvania (Getty Images/Robert Nickelsberg) Smoke and steam pour from a coal-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania. A measure recently passed in the House would impose increasingly tight caps on emissions from burning carbon-base...


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Sep. 11, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Once-secure state workers are facing layoffs and pay cuts because budget shortfalls. (AP Photo/Joe Sebo) High-school librarian Melissa Payne, of Morrow, Ga., is starting the school year with $1,000 less in her paycheck. Across the country, once-secure state workers are fac...


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Sep. 18, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Army National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi on gays in the military. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) Army National Guard Lt. Daniel Choi symbolizes the debate over whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military. The West Point graduate and Arabic language specialist f...


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Sep. 4, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A volunteer educating school children on financial literacy in Los Angeles. (Operation Hope, Inc.) A volunteer for Operation Hope's Banking on Our Future program drills elementary school students in Los Angeles on the ABC's of financial literacy. (Operation Hope, Inc.) Poo...


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Aug. 28, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Angry town hall meting on heath-care reform (Getty Images/Chris Gardner) A citizen sounds off during a town hall meeting on health-care reform in Lebanon, Pa., held by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., on Aug. 11, 2009. (Getty Images/Chris Gardner) For the first time in 15 years,...


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Jul. 31, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Julie Morris with  daughter at Family Gateway homeless shelter in  Dallas. (Getty Images/John Moore) Julie Morris, with daughter Hailey, moved to the Family Gateway homeless shelter in Dallas in May with her three daughters and husband after he was laid off from his constr...


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Aug. 7, 2009

Entire Report Introduction A U.S. Marines began a massive assault in the area to quash insurgent violence and strengthen. (Getty Images/Joe Raedle) A U.S. Marine frisks an Afghan man in southern Helmand Province on July 5. Marines began a massive assault in the area in July to quash insurgent violen...


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May 8, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Followers of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement demonstrate at the opening of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Ill., on April 19, 2009.  (Getty Images/Scott Olson) Followers of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement demonstrate at the o...


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May 1, 2009

Entire Report Introduction An artist's rendering envisions the future of high-speed rail travel in California. In November voters approved the sale of bonds to help pay for a 220-mph system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. (California High-Speed Rail Authority) An artist's rendering envisions...


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Feb. 20, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Workers install a generator at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant in 1953. Launched in 1933 as one of the first New Deal programs, the TVA brought electricity to the impoverished region while putting tens of thousands of people to work.  (Getty Images/Time Life Pictu...


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Feb. 27, 2009

Entire Report Introduction CQ Researcher cover photo of a shackled detainee (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) A shackled detainee is taken to an interrogation session at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, soon after President George W. Bush ordered the controversial facility opened in January...


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Feb. 13, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Al Qaeda terrorists crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the World Trade Center's south tower at 9:03 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, about 17 minutes after other hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower.  (Getty Images/Spencer Platt) Al Qaeda terrorists cr...


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Feb. 6, 2009

Entire Report Introduction As U.S. automakers post steep declines in profits amid a global credit crisis and a worldwide slowdown in vehicle sales, policy experts are debating their long-term prospects. General Motors and Chrysler received billions of dollars in emergency federal loans and are under...


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Jan. 23, 2009

Entire Report Introduction a smiling baby (AP Photo/Matt Ott) Children may be more vulnerable than adults to toxic substances because their bodies are still developing, they absorb more contaminants in proportion to their body size and activities like crawling and mouthing objects expose them to mor...


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Jan. 30, 2009

Entire Report Introduction President and First Lady Obama (Getty Images/Ron Sachs-Pool) Making history: President Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, and first lady Michelle Obama walk in the Inaugural Parade in Washington after his swearing in on Jan. 20, 2009....


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Mar. 6, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Stacks of medical bills confront Dan and Debra Daskus of Minersville, Pa., following his treatments for cancer. After he could no longer work, he lost his job and health benefits at a small prefabrication factory.  (Philadelphia Inquirer/Rapport Press/Tom Gralish) Stacks o...


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Mar. 13, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Laid-off Yahoo! employees remove their personal belongings from the Sunnyvale, Calif., offices on Dec. 10, 2008. The firm's 1,500 job cuts are among 4.4 million layoffs that have occurred so far in the current recession. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) Laid-off Yahoo! employees rem...


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Apr. 17, 2009

Entire Report Introduction r20090417-cover.jpg (AP Photo/Kelley McCall) (AP Photo/Kelley McCall) Until March 2009, few Americans had heard of Ronald Cotton, who was convicted in North Carolina of raping a college student and served 11 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA testing. Now Cotto...


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Apr. 24, 2009

Entire Report Introduction West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin (AP Photo/Bob Bird) West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Brent Benjamin is part of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case focusing on whether judges must recuse themselves in cases involving campaign contributions or spending by...


CQ Researcher
Apr. 10, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Signage for the Circuit City going-out-of-business sale (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) Circuit City, the nation's second-largest electronics retailer, announced in January it was going out of business after an unsuccessful effort to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankrupt...


CQ Researcher
Apr. 3, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Cover photo. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison) Georges St. Pierre pummels BJ Penn during their mixed martial arts title match last Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. St. Pierre won when the fight was stopped after four rounds. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison) The wild world of so-called extreme sports ra...


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Mar. 20, 2009

Entire Report Introduction Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele makes a point on Meet the Press (Getty Images/Meet the Press/Alex Wong) Former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele of Maryland is the first African-American to head the Republican Party, reflecting the GOP's nascent efforts to broa...


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Mar. 27, 2009

Entire Report Introduction After publishing for 150 years, Denver's Rocky Mountain News shut down on Feb. 27, ending daily newspaper competition in the city. Scores of other papers are cutting staffs, closing bureaus or facing bankruptcy.  (Getty Images/John Moore) After publishing for 150 years, De...

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