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US added surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October

US employers added 204,000 jobs in October; unemployment rate rises to 7.3 percent.
US businesses unfazed by shutdown, stepped up hiring; unemployment ticks up to 7.3 percent

WASHINGTON - Employers added a surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October despite the 16-day government shutdown, the Labor Department said Friday.
Retailers see mixed numbers

NEW YORK --- Electronics sellers and online merchants thrived in November, particularly at the start of the holiday shopping season, but clothing and luxury merchants struggled, according to estimates released today.
USDA setting up gene research center at Cornell

...dairy counter. After record highs, it was inevitable that prices would come back down, said Chris Nubern, director of economic research for the National Milk Producers Federation in Arlington, Va. Nubern said the U.S. milk supply increased...
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Disastrous hypocrisy

The forecast for MSNBC's spin on economic coverage calls for a 100 percent chance of hypocrisy.