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Defense contractors have warned for months they'll have to lay off thousands of workers if Congress takes us over the fiscal cliff at year's end. As crunch time approaches, how serious are they? Sears and Darden Restaurants have a new plan for employees' health care. The NFL and its referees union have agreed to a new, more lucrative contract. That got us wondering, what does it take to be a ref? Gallup's Frank Newport discusses why there hasn't been a major third-party presidential candidate in this election cycle. Plus, we look at Spain's tough new budget, the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, Calif., and author Nate Silver on statistical modeling.
Posted In: statistics, forecasting, numbers
Author Nate Silver discusses why he believes that numbers are part of the challenge in painting a clear picture of the American economy.
Posted In: Elvis, Lil Wayne, billboard
Rapper Lil Wayne has surpassed Elvis Presley's record of appearances on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
Posted In: 2012 election
1992 was a banner year for the third-party candidates. Like this election cycle, the economy was bad and people were concerned about the national debt. But no third-party candidate like Ross Perot has emerged.