German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao meeting in Berlin on June 28. During Europe's economic crisis, both China and the United States have stayed mostly on the sidelines.

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Because of Alexander Hamilton's insistence that the United States pay off its debt, investors came to see the nation as a stable place to do business, biographer Ron Chernow says.

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For speculators, food is a commodity to trade, not eat.

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Betting On Food Prices May Sell The Hungry Short

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The construction sector added 26,000 jobs in September, reversing a drop a month earlier.

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Immelt answers a question from an employee during a town hall meeting at the GE Energy Greenville Operations campus in Greenville, S.C., on July 13. Immelt is chairman of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, an advisory group.

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President Obama proposed a $3.7 trillion budget in February. But as the new fiscal year starts, there's still no final budget in place. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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How Budget Battles Keep The Economy In Limbo

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Los Angeles resident Christian Del Cid waves banners calling for jobs on a bridge over Interstate 110. Exactly three years after the market crashed, some 14 million continue to look for work. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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Specialists on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watch President Obama's televised speech on debt reduction Monday. Obama wants to require investment fund managers to pay at least the same percentage in taxes as middle-income Americans. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers a speech about creating jobs to a joint session of Congress Thursday as Vice President Biden (left) and House Speaker John Boehner look on. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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