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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
While September's jobs report may have brought a sigh of relief to President Obama and the nation, the economic reality facing middle-income families is getting worse, according to a new report.

For the second month in a row, Consumer Reports' Trouble Tracker -- a measure of consumer sentiment -- sharply rose, indicating that a greater proportion of Americans are facing financial hardship. The increase was attributed to a significant jump (12.4 percent) in the number of concerns from middle-income families, or those earning $50,000 to $99,000.
Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles
Here's How Long It Takes You To Earn A Beer
Newlyweds Make Drastic Move To Save Dog
Most People Who Have Jobs Aren't All That Happy, Study Finds
Hobbit Coins Now Legal Currency
The GypsyNesters: How to Volunteer at a National Park (and Live for Free!)
Whether you are a retiree or empty nester looking to enrich your life through volunteerism or an outdoorsy-type wanting to get back to nature, the Parks Service provides wonderful ways to help preserve America's natural heritage. And now is the time to prepare for next summer's adventure.
C.A. Rotwang: Mr. President: Tweak This!
Remember, we're doing this for the children! Kids, you pay more, get less, and the program is "stronger" and more "modern." So how big are these so-called "tweaks"?
Steve Mariotti: The Entrepreneur and Fear: An Argument for Entrepreneurial Education, Part 1
Uncertainty about the financial future dominates the lives of hundreds of millions of people: Where will I sleep? How will I feed my family? For many, just thinking about these worst-case scenarios can be paralyzing.
Richard Barrington: Lowdown on the Slowdown: 5 Notes on Weakening GDP
The good news is it already felt like the second quarter was weak; the GDP report just confirms it. The bad news is the third quarter feels pretty weak as well.
Jeff Connaughton: The Biggest Kiss: How Neither Political Party Wants to Break Up the Biggest Banks
Neither Mitt Romney and the Republicans nor President Obama and many Democrats favor breaking up the big banks, the best way to prevent another taxpayer bailout after a financial crisis.

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