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6:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Greece Hangs In Limbo As Talks Continue

Though he's said he's willing to step down, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has yet to announce his resignation.
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Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

After a week of political turmoil in Greece that threatened the fate of the eurozone, Prime Minister George Papandreou is deadlocked with his major opposition rival in trying to form a coalition government to restore market confidence in the debt-laden nation.

The increasingly unpopular prime minister has not yet announced his promised resignation, keeping the political world on tenterhooks.

Papandreou insists a national unity government would provide broad parliamentary consensus for a crucial $179 billion bailout deal and partial write-off of Greece's debt mountain.

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Economy
6:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Will China Step In To Aid Europe?

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: There's one country on which the European Union has been pinning its hopes: China. Twice in the last two weeks, European leaders have asked China for major financial help.

NPR Shanghai correspondent Frank Langfitt has been tracking China's reaction and joins us now. Good morning, Frank.

FRANK LANGFITT: Good morning, Audie.

CORNISH: So what role could China play in beefing up the EU's bailout fund?

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Economy
6:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Middle Class Life Further Away For Next Generation

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

We posed a question to our listeners on Facebook recently: Are you a parent who is worried your adult children won't have the same chance at a middle-class life as you did? Or are you the child of middle-class parents, and find you're not able to match your parents' lifestyle?

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Politics
6:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

Protesters Take Pipeline Fight To White House

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. Organizers say more than 5,000 people signed up online for a protest today at the White House. At issue is the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is proposed as a way to take oil from Alberta, Canada 1,700 miles to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Environmental groups are asking President Obama to kill the project, but labor unions argue the construction would create badly needed jobs. Joining us to talk about the pipeline controversy is NPR's science correspondent, Richard Harris. Richard, welcome.

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Economy
6:00 am
Sun November 6, 2011

American Dream For Middle Class: Just A Dream?

Originally published on Sun November 6, 2011 4:58 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: Is it still possible to move up the economic ladder in the U.S.? Has the American dream become just that - a dream? As we found out from our social media callout, those questions are on the minds of many families like the Spoerners.

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