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Federal Reserve Announces New Round Of Economic Stimulus

The Federal Reserve said it would buy $40 billion a month on bond purchases to stimulate the economy.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The Federal Reserve announced a new, open-ended round of bond buying to stimulate economic growth. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sparred over the Obama administration's handling of the attacks in Libya and Egypt. And vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan returned to the House to vote on a six-month, stopgap spending bill to keep the government operating. Jonathan Allen of Politico, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and Michael Scherer of TIME magazine join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

Thousands of people may have been exposed to deadly fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections for back and neck pain: What the outbreak reveals about regulations, oversight of compounding pharmacies and risks to public health.


The Fed's Other Big Power

The Fed has the power to create money. But it has another, critical power: The power of words.

Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a cure. But others say there are additional economic factors to consider.

Fed Stimulus Expected, But Remedy May Not Be Right

The Federal Reserve is meeting in Washington to discuss what to do with the sluggish economy. Analysts believe the Fed will take action, but some economists wonder if it will have an effect — or even be counterproductive.

Poverty Rate Unchanged, But Still Historically High

The government says that the poverty rate for 2011 was 15 percent, essentially unchanged from the year before. That still means that more than 46 million people lived below the poverty line last year. According to one economist, "the bad news isn't as bad as it has been."

Sharp Differences Dull U.S. Influence On Euro Crisis

The ongoing European debt crisis is expected to pose major challenges to the next U.S. administration.