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Brand & Martinez for September 10, 2012

Flowers are in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
Flowers are in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
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Lawmakers convene in the nation's capitol today to decide whether to let taxes rise and possibly hurt the economy, or cancel the tax increases and add to the deficit.; The increasingly important role central banks are playing in the lives of investors.; Jody Agius Vallejo's new book, "Barrios to Burbs," examines middle-class Mexican Americans.; Why the NFL has only been using replacement refs so far.; Author D.T. Max talks about his meticulously researched new biography on writer David Foster Wallace.; Chicago's 25,000 public school teachers went on strike today after contract negotiations broke down.; NPR's Ina Jaffe joins the show to talk about her story on the fight over property on the campus of the VA Hospital in Los Angeles.; The plight of Syrian refugees.; A host of new cell phone apps let parents monitor their kids' movements around the clock.; A Los Angeles-based company is pumping water from under the Mojave and selling it to city slickers in the West.; At the beginning of each Mars day, Curiosity wakes up to a different song.