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Thursday, January 29, 2009

From thinner plastic bags at bodegas to more free cabs (because everyone is riding the bus), the uncommon economic indicators are all around us. Today the Brian Lehrer Show launches its brand new project to get your stories of how the economic downturn is affecting your day-to-day life. Plus, the Obama justice department is now in the position of defending former Bush official John Yoo in a terror case. How will they balance the tricky situation? Check Out the Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page and Add Your Story!

House In Order

Jim Himes, first-term Congressman from Connecticut (D-4th), discusses the passage of the stimulus bill in the House (without a single Republican vote); what the package has in store for his district; and how his first month in office has fared.

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Justice, Obama Style

Dahlia Lithwick, a senior editor at Slate, and Neil Eggleston, former associate White House counsel during the Clinton Administration, talk about the Obama Justice Department and how they'll deal with the thorny issues left over from the Bush Administration.

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Shopaholic?

April Lane Benson, psychologist and author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop, talks about whether compulsive buying is an actual psychiatric disease.

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Project: Uncommon Economic Indicators

Charlotte Eichna, executive editor of Our Town and the West Side Spirit, and Matt Hampton, an editor at the Queens Chronicle help launch the brand new project: "Your Uncommon Economic Indicators." Click on the link below to add your story!

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Lawyerless

Philip K. Howard, author of Life Without Lawyers: Liberating Americans from Too Much Law, says Americans are being hamstrung by too many legal restrictions.

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Concrete Is Greener?

A new study shows that almost half of Americans - whether they live in cities, suburbs, or rural areas - would rather live somewhere else. Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center discusses the findings. Where would you rather live? And why? Comment below!

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