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What A U.S. Default Would Mean For Pensions, China And Social Security

Whatever happens to a the global economy, one thing is clear: If the U.S. defaults, people all over the world who have loaned the government money won't get paid on time.
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When It Comes To Jobs, Not All Small Businesses Make It Big

When politicians say that small businesses are key to job growth, what most people imagine are mom-and-pop shops — the dry cleaner or coffee place. It may make a good sound bite, but research shows that most small businesses stay small. Only a fraction of these do grow into something big.
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What To Call The Most Powerful Central Banker In The World

Janet Yellen would be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve System. But what exactly would her title be? Chair? Chairman? Chairwoman?
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Shutdown Diary: Paul Ryan's Plan Gets Tea Party Pushback

Are House Republicans still seeking Democratic concessions on the Affordable Care Act? Or have they switched their sights to even bigger targets: federal spending on entitlements like Medicare and Social Security?
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Yellen Faces A Tough Job At The Fed From Day 1

As Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen would have to guide interest-rate policy in a way that boosts the economy without triggering inflation. Current Fed policies are expected to continue for now under Yellen, who has often called attention to the need for more jobs.
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Obama Makes Janet Yellen His Official Choice To Head The Fed

Janet Yellen is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. The announcement came Wednesday afternoon. If confirmed by the Senate, Yellen will be the first woman to lead the Fed.
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Shutdown Leaves Would-Be Homeowners In Limbo

The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to take a bite out of the housing market, and would-be homeowners are feeling the impact in stalled mortgage approvals and delayed closings.
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Trade Gets Sluggish As The Shutdown Leaves Agencies Shortstaffed

The government shutdown is starting to hamper trade. More than 40 federal agencies involved in trade shipments — from the EPA to the Commerce Department — have trimmed their staffs, resulting in a slowdown or halt of goods.
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Obama Nominates Janet Yellen To Head Federal Reserve

Obama said in Yellen, American workers and families will have a "champion." If confirmed, Yellen will be the first woman to head the American central bank.
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An Innovation For Pain Relief That's Worthy Of Some Buzz

With a son who had a phobia of needles, Dr. Amy Baxter stumbled upon a solution: a high-frequency vibrating ice pack that helps disrupt pain signals on their way to the brain. She stuck a cute bee on the front, won a $1 million federal health grant, and the product now known as Buzzy was born.

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