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Oil Prices Raise Sharply On Improving U.S. Economy

Oil prices are hovering around $99 a barrel. Oil has gone up sharply since last month, partly because of signs of improvement in the U.S. economy. The debt crisis in Europe is holding prices below the psychologically important $100 mark.
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Would Supercommittee Failure Roil Markets?

The bipartisan committee still seems far from an agreement despite Wednesday's deadline. There's concern that if lawmakers don't make credible progress on reducing the budget deficit, the impact on Wall Street will be severe.
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As The Protest Ends, What Now For Occupy Movement?

Occupy protesters coordinated rallies in several cities across the U.S. As a dramatic week came to a close for the protesters some said the movement was ready for a new phase.
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GOP Divided As Supercommittee Eyes Tax Revenue

The divide between supercommittee Democrats and Republicans has been over whether tax revenues should be used to reduce deficits. Some Republican members of the supercommittee are now showing support for the idea, but the issue is dividing the GOP.
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Congressional Stock Trades Get Scrutiny

The STOCK Act, a bill that would ban members of Congress from trading stock based on nonpublic information they get because they're lawmakers, has 61 co-sponsors and counting. What's remarkable about this is the STOCK Act had just nine co-sponsors last week.
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Energy Secretary Defends Handling Of Solyndra

Energy Secretary Steven Chu makes a long-awaited appearance on Capitol Hill on Thursday to answer questions about Solyndra, the company the administration backed with loans guarantees only to watch it collapse in bankruptcy.
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Lack of Trust Underlies Greece's Debt Problem

Financial writer Michael Lewis talks to Renee Montagne about societal problems underlying the Greek financial crisis: loss of trust, lack of civil society and refusal to pay and collect taxes. Lewis is the author of Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World.
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New Prime Minister, Same Old Greek Protesters

Thousands of Greeks are expected to join in a rally in Athens Thursday. The new prime minister has promised to speed up long-term changes. Polls show Lucas Papademos enjoys popular support, but the crowds on the streets have made it clear they won't accept any more austerity measures.

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