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Consumer Confidence Highest Since Before Recession, Survey Says

According to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey, confidence has risen to a level not seen since late 2007. And if confidence is on the rise, that could affect both the economy and the 2012 campaign.

In Tight Credit Market, A Tool For Small Businesses

Many small-business owners have had a tough time securing credit since the start of the economic downturn. "I couldn't understand why they wouldn't be willing to give us a loan," one owner says. A new website aims to help such owners, grading banks based on the percentage of deposits that are used for small-business loans.
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Maryland Senators Pushing Equal Pay For Women

The so-called "war on women" has been a hot-button issue this election cycle, a topic that is likely to flare up again with Democratic senators in Maryland forcing the issue against the GOP by pushing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama defended his campaign's attacks on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, after Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker called the ads "nauseating." The U.S. housing market showed signs of strengthening as sales of both new and existing homes rose. Four Secret Service agents implicated in the Colombian prostitution scandal said they would fight their dismissals. Ron Elving of NPR, Susan Davis of USA Today and David Leonhardt of The New York Times join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Jobless Claims Dip; Orders For Durable Goods Are Soft

The good news: The data suggest some job growth. The bad news: Business investment in equipment looks weak.

Outlook For Housing Industry Appears Promising

The latest reports show that both new and existing home sales are up. What's spurring the improvement, and can it last? Not all economists, however, are optimistic.

Ripple Effect Of Greek Debt Crisis May Hit U.S.

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economic editor at The Wall Street Journal, about how Greece's financial troubles, and a possible exit from the eurozone would affect the United States.

Bankrupt In Paradise

The public pension fund of a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean recently filed for bankruptcy. If the case is allowed to proceed, it could have major implications for retirees all across the U.S.