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Congress reaches payroll tax-cut deal - Thursday, February 16, 2012
(Reuters) - A payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans, set to expire at the end of this month, would be extended through December under a bipartisan deal announced early on Thursday by U.S. congressional leaders.
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Moody's warns may downgrade global banks, securities firms - Thursday, February 16, 2012
(Reuters) - Moody's warned on Thursday it may cut the credit ratings of 17 global and 114 European financial institutions in another sign the impact of the euro zone government debt crisis is spreading throughout the global financial system.
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Euro zone ponders delay of 2nd Greek bailout program - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Reuters) - Euro zone finance officials are examining ways of delaying parts or even all of a second bailout program for Greece while still ensuring it avoids a disorderly default, several EU sources said on Wednesday.
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Iran trumpets nuclear advances, deepening standoff with West - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Reuters) - Iran proclaimed advances in nuclear know-how on Wednesday, including new centrifuges able to enrich uranium much faster, a move that may hasten a drift towards confrontation with the West over suspicions it is seeking the means to make atomic bombs.
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In an election about the economy, the culture wars make a comeback - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Fox News) The immortal campaign words from the 1990s, "It's the economy, Stupid," were thought to apply to the campaign season of 2012, too. But recent circumstances have re-ignited the culture wars and help to explain the sudden and unlikely rise of Rick Santorum, a Republican social conservative who was all but written off.
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Lawmakers get tentative deal on payroll tax, jobless benefits - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached a tentative deal on Tuesday on legislation aimed at boosting the economy by extending a payroll tax cut for 160 million workers through this year and continuing long-term jobless benefits, congressional aides said.
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Syrian forces raid Damascus, opposition cities despite outcry - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Reuters) - Syrian government forces attacked the opposition strongholds of Homs and Hama on Wednesday and also raided a district of Damascus in the closest military operation to the capital's centre since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad broke out 11 months ago.
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US, Europe Eye Risky Penalty for Iran - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
(Fox News) The United States and Europe are considering unprecedented punishment against Iran that could immediately cripple the country's financial lifeline. But it's an extreme option in the banking world that would come with its own costs.
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Errors Push Voter Registration Online - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
(Fox News) An antiquated voter system is to blame for listing 1.8 million dead people as registered "active" voters in the United States, the Pew Center on the States concludes in a new study that shows millions of mistakes in voter rolls across the nation and recommends online registration to fix them.
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U.S. Stocks Decline on Retail Sales Data - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
(Bloomberg) U.S. stocks fell, driving benchmark indexes down from near three-year highs, as retail sales growth trailed estimates and European officials signaled Greece has not yet done enough to qualify for a second bailout.
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