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Daily Archives: December 7, 2012

Employees install flooring on the main deck of pontoon boats on the assembly line at the Nautic Global Group production facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

Photograph by Ty Wright/Bloomberg

Employees install flooring on the main deck of pontoon boats on the assembly line at the Nautic Global Group production facility in Elkhart, Indiana.

Jobless Rate Slides to 7.7 % — Year-End Bonus for White House

By the numbers, the news keeps getting better for the White House. First, it was a slide in the nation’s unemployment rate to just below 8 percent just before President Barack Obama stood for re-election. Now, it’s another couple of...

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Crew members stand on the deck of the Arosa Basel ship after it ran aground along the Mississippi River in Hurricane Isaac's storm surge on August 31, 2012 in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

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Crew members stand on the deck of the Arosa Basel ship after it ran aground along the Mississippi River in Hurricane Isaac's storm surge on August 31, 2012 in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.

Washington Daybook: Fire and Rain and the Fiscal Cliff

The House and Senate are not in session today. With time running short before automatic tax increases, program cuts take effect in January, negotiations on avoiding fiscal cliff will dominate next week. Look for a conference committee to hammer out...

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Shoppers in New York City.

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Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -38.6

That’s the year-to-date average of the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, a weekly measurement based on Americans’ views of their national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances. The index was minus 33.8 in the week ended Dec. 2, the...

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