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Today the National Rifle Association releases its proposal for placing armed guards in all public schools. The unemployment rate in the 17 countries that use the euro has hit a new high -- 12 percent.  And as New York City Michael Bloomberg serves his final year in office, we take a look at whether his personal wealth has protected him from political interest groups.

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What car sales say about our economic recovery

Apr 2, 2013
The big auto makers reveal how many trucks and cars they sold in March -- and economists will read those figures as economic tea leaves.
A new Jeep Cherokee makes its way over obstacles during a media conference at the New York International Auto show March 27, 2013 in New York.
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Sequester hits government contractors unevenly

Apr 2, 2013
Some government contractors take cuts in stride, others struggle.

Mayor Bloomberg's wealth holds lessons for politics

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Apr 2, 2013
As a multi-billionaire, Michael Bloomberg has governed New York free from debts to special interests. But there's another side to that independence.

Euro unemployment rises to record high 12 percent

Apr 2, 2013
The jobless rate across the 17 counties that use the euro currency rose to 12 percent in January and February of 2013, adding to signs that the region's economic slump may not be over.

Quiz: How much will gas mileage standards save you?

Apr 2, 2013
If the Obama administration's fuel efficiency standards, which are set for 2025, were enforced today, how much less money would each American driver spend per year on gasoline?

Employers race to snap up foreign work visas

Apr 2, 2013
Want a sign that business is hiring? For the first time since 2008, federal officials expect the 85,000 visas for foreign skilled workers will be snapped up in just a few days.

NRA's plan for school guards: Who, how much, and how trained

Apr 2, 2013
The NRA reveals its plans to protect schools from shooters like Adam Lanza. What are the plans? And who bears the costs?

Automakers kick into high gear

Apr 2, 2013
The 'big three' automakers -- Chrysler, GM, and Ford -- are reporting sharp gains in sales for the month of March. Chrysler says the latest month was their best since 2007.

PODCAST: Carmakers kick it up, H1-B visa snapped up

Apr 2, 2013
Carmakers kick it into high gear in March. The sequester hits, but unevenly. And H1-B visa are a hot ticket item this week.

Mayor Bloomberg is "nobody's puppet." But is he a muppet?

Apr 2, 2013
Michael Bloomberg says he can't be bought by special interests, but a cozy relationship with Miss Piggy suggests he may bow to 'festive interests.'

Today the National Rifle Association releases its proposal for placing armed guards in all public schools. The unemployment rate in the 17 countries that use the euro has hit a new high — 12 percent.  And as New York City Michael Bloomberg serves his final year in office, we take a look at whether his personal wealth has protected him from political interest groups.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC