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On the brink of a new, post-bankruptcy beginning, Detroit is really two cities. One is comprised of wealthy enclaves linked to a compact, rapidly redeveloping downtown. The other is made up of the rest of the 139-square-mile urban expanse, populated by longtime residents who have fought for decades to survive in an environment that has become increasingly uninhabitable.

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A decade ago, as the United States hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry.

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We still make a lot of stuff in the United States of America, and one of the good things about this election is that it is likely to be decided in the nation's industrial heartland.

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The stock market is revisiting last week's extreme volatility, with the Dow Jones average plummeting 471 points in the first two hours of trading Thursday. (more) Update: At the closing bell, the Dow was down about 419 points, 3.7 percent, to roughly 10,990.

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The economic indicators for May aren't pretty, throwing up red flags that American job growth and factory output aren't enough to carry the U.S. economy into a recovery and forcing a critical look at the way the crisis has been managed. (more)

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Is it a case of murder, or has the Western economy deliberately, if unwittingly, attempted suicide and nearly succeeded?

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Our government already favors certain industries -- finance and defense, among them. President Obama should identify the parts of the private sector that share an interest in reducing the dreadful inequalities that have metastasized over nearly four decades.

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