Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke in a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill in June. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Paul Ryan waves as he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29. Ryan has been celebrated as a deficit hawk with bold vision, but some critics have called his record on deficit-reduction "dismal." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., shakes hands with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the close of the committee's hearing on the state of the economy in February 2011. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Police wait for protesters to appear at a branch of Barclays Bank in London on July 4. Olivia Harris/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Over the last 13 years, the euro has been worth on average $1.21, only a penny less than its current price of $1.22 per euro. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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Critics of Germany's spending policy created effigies of Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) and other German leaders to stand near the chancellery in Berlin. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Kevin Hill, a San Diego landscape designer, was doing well financially before the downturn. Now, he says he feels "lost." John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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People walk past the Bank of Greece headquarters in Athens. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A supporter of French President-elect Francois Hollande wears a mask of outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy. Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People wait in a line at a job fair on April 10, 2012, in Gresham, Ore. Employment grew by 115,000 last month, but the unemployment rate dip was likely due to people leaving the workforce rather than people getting hired, analysts say. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has issued cautions about the economy. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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