• Made in the USA: Journey behind the label

    Top Line

    After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.

    He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing - all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”

    “I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

    Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.

    “I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce

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  • Creator of “Veep” on how the real and the pretend come together in the hit HBO comedy

    Power Players

    As the hit comedy show "Veep" draws to the end of its second season this weekend, the show's creator talks about the show's success and says he's tried to strike a balance between truth and fiction.

    Executive producer Armando Iannucci tells ABC's Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila that he's gone to great lengths to "get the facts right" and make the show true to life, while also keeping it accessible to audiences outside the Beltway.

    "We have researchers who are based in D.C. who will tell us as we write, ‘Well, we wouldn't say this, we refer to it as that,"" Iannucci tells Power Players. "On the other hand, I didn't want people coming to it thinking they have to have a degree in politics to understand it. I just wanted it to feel real. Then we make it all up.”

    While the story lines are made up, Iannucci says the tension portrayed between the president and vice president is steeped in reality.

    Speaking of the relationship between President Obama and Vice

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  • Bottom Line

    The fall out from top secret information leaked earlier this month about the National Security Agency’s phone and internet monitoring programs continues to dog Congress and the Obama administration. Questions about these surveillance operations and their effectiveness seemed to follow the president overseas this week as he was in Europe for the G8 conference. Lots of you had questions about the programs themselves, as well as the fate of the man who claims to be behind the leaks, Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor whose whereabouts are currently unknown.

    Kelsey O'Neil wanted to know: “Do the majority of people believe his act of leaking docs was a public service by exposing citizens to reality?”

    Kate Newell wrote in on Facebook: “Why does he need to be punished? At least someone told the truth. Sometimes information is uncomfortable to hear-- suck it up. You know what's more uncomfortable? Having my right to privacy taken away. He's a hero in my book!”

    Kelly asked:

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