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Perry Proposes Optional 20 Percent Flat Tax

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his economic platform in hopes of giving a lift to his struggling presidential campaign. Perry's plan includes an optional flat tax that would let people file their returns on a form the size of a postcard.
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D.C. Veterans Struggle With Employment

Veterans are more likely to be unemployed than the general population, a fact that a D.C. jobs fair sought to reverse on Tuesday.

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The Potential Reach Of Obama's Refinancing Plan

The president's plan would help homeowners refinance with lower rates even if their homes are worth less than what they owe. This idea has been around for a while, and the economists who proposed it say it could work — if it's done on a larger scale. It depends on investor cooperation, they say.
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A Sigh Of Relief For A Rebounding Shopping Center

One strip mall in Phoenix was foreclosed on in March, but things have turned around quickly since then. Although it was a big commitment for smaller store owners to move in without the critical large anchor store the complex needed, things are paying off after a gym and popular restaurant came in.
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In Britain, A New Push To Loosen EU Ties

The political landscape of Europe is changing. The Eurozone debt crisis is fueling opposition to the European Union. The EU has created a huge single market, and has brought decades of stability to a region once ravaged by terrible wars. Yet some Europeans are beginning to wonder if they still want to be part of it. Illustrating the changing mood, Britain's Parliament voted Monday on whether to hold a public referendum on leaving the union.
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Steering The Eurozone Through A Rising Storm

On Nov. 1, the European Central Bank will have a new president. Mario Draghi, currently head of Italy's Central Bank, is an American-educated economist with impeccable international credentials. But little is known about the man who will be called on to steer the central bank through the rising Eurozone storm.
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FedEx Expects Surge In Holiday Shipping, Hiring

The Memphis-based shipping giant has boosted its domestic shipping forecast for the holiday season and says it will hire more seasonal employees than it did last year to help handle the shipments.
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What's On Wall Street? Fewer Banks, More Condos

Technology has allowed many of the bigger firms to leave Wall Street since trading is done electronically, "on a computer somewhere in suburban New Jersey," as one expert notes. But demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street movement in nearby Zuccotti Park say the Street is still an important symbol.

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