David Gura
Reporter, Marketplace
Today's data on global manufacturing was better than expected. Combine that with slightly better numbers on unemployment and housing last month, and analysts think the economy is, well, better.
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One of the budget issues yet to be resolved in Washington is how to fund long-term unemployment benefits for many Americans.
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The House and the Senate face some a number of decisions before they can head off for the holidays. U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) speaks as House Republican Conference Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) (R) listens after the House passed the payroll tax cut extension last night.
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