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with Kai Ryssdal

Marketplace for Tuesday, February 28, 2012

As many Americans head to the polls next week for Super Tuesday, we look at just how much the economy does -- or doesn't -- affect elections, and the economic issues that have impacted recent presidential races. We continue our coverage from the new Wealth and Poverty desk by exploring the middle class in America. And we look at why NASCAR should thank the rain, the business of reality TV casting, and a good reason why you should name your kid something simple.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Burke and TV personality Rob Kardashian from the cast of 'Dancing With The Stars' perform on the set of 'Good Morning America' at ABC Studios on November 23, 2011 in New York City. The latest cast of the show was just announced, but how do these 'stars' get picked?
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A worker installs a part while working on the assembly line at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio. After months of good economic news, durable goods orders are now down in the U.S.
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