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Thought The Economy Was Tanking? Not So Fast

A few weeks ago, dismal economic reports seemed to be pointing to one conclusion: The economy was slipping into another recession. But new data, including Friday's report showing employers added 103,000 jobs in September, suggest the outlook may be somewhat better than many had thought.
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For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Banks To Raise Debit Card Fees

Several big banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo are introducing new fees for debit card users. The banks say they need to do this because they are losing income from other fees that are limited by new government regulations. Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist for The New York Times, talks to Lynn Neary about the new fees.
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Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

Mortgage rates are now below 4 percent. The average 30-year fixed-rate loan is at an all-time low. But high unemployment, weak consumer confidence, and tougher standards for getting credit, are keeping many Americans from buying homes.
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Obama Pushes Financial Plan As Bank Protests Grow

Loosely organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have spread to other U.S. cities. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, and he's trying to channel that anger into support for his financial policies.
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Long-Term Unemployment's Strain On The Job Search

It makes people lose touch with their professional networks, and can negatively affect relationships. Jobless benefits have been lengthened from 26 to 99 weeks by Congress, but a push in Washington to cut back on spending may mean that extension could expire.

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