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Protesting Austerity Moves, Unions Shut Down Greece

A two-day national strike of both private and public workers has begun in Greece. The strike, in protest of the government's austerity measures, is expected to practically close down the country — with no flights, ferries, buses or rail service.
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Bernanke To Communicate Better With The Public

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was reflecting on the lessons learned during the financial crisis. He suggested the central bank could do a better job of communicating with the public. David Wessel, of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Ari Shapiro about why the Federal Reserve and its chairman are very unpopular these days.
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Greek Parliament To Vote On New Austerity Package

When it votes Friday, the Greek parliament is expected to pass most of the government's new austerity measures. They include wage and job cuts, a property tax and a change to national collective bargaining. Opponents fear this could mean the end of the minimum wage, and leave Greeks competing for jobs with below-subsistence wages.
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Ask Nevada: Do Low Taxes, Less Regs Create Jobs?

Las Vegas played host to Tuesday night's GOP presidential debate. In 2008, Nevada voted heavily in favor of Barack Obama. But the state has suffered greatly during the economic downturn which may play into the upcoming 2012 election. David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, talks to Ari Shapiro about the importance of Nevada in national politics.
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American Airlines To Report 3rd Quarter Earnings

Most U.S. airlines are turning a profit these days but not American. The carrier is expected to announce on Wednesday that it lost money in the third quarter.
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Reforms Needed For Virginia State Leave System

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Virginia has hundreds of millions of unfunded liabilities on the books in the form of unused leave for state employees, a potential financial crisis in the making.

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Obama Takes Aim At Republican Jobs Plan

Throughout his bus tour in the South, the president has pushed his American Jobs Act and hammered at the competing Republican plan. The GOP strategy, which many of the Republican presidential contenders have adopted, relies heavily on lower tax rates, more domestic energy production and fewer government regulations.
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Big Banks Report Earnings This Week

Most big U.S. banks are reporting earnings this week. On Tuesday, Goldman Sachs said it lost money in the third quarter amid declining revenues and markdowns on its investments. Bank of America showed improved results, but it lost the biggest bank title to J.P. Morgan Chase.

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