About 46 million people get government help in the form of food stamps when buying food. That's roughly 15 percent of the population. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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More Americans Hungry For Food Stamps

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Shoppers stroll through Sawgrass Mills Mall during the first day of the back-to-school sales tax holiday on Friday in Sunrise, Fla. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.5 percent in July. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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And Now, Some Good News About The Economy

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Asian, European Markets Rattled By U.S. Losses

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McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has had to put off a construction project because Congress failed to pass a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration's budget. The hold-up has caused construction layoffs. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Debt Battle Leads To Layoffs In Aviation And Beyond

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What Happens To Average Joes If U.S. Defaults?

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While consumers reduced credit card spending after the financial crisis hit, they are starting to raise their debt loads again. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Consumers' Personal Debt Ceilings On The Rise Again

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President Obama meets with lawmakers today for talks on the debt ceiling. "I don't think the American people sent us here to avoid tough problems," he told reporters Tuesday. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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The Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, makes a sale. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Why So Glum? Economic Optimism Dims

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Kevin Morlan arranges packages of pork at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. Economists are predicting meat prices will rise 7 percent this year. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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After Wild Weather, Higher Food Prices On Horizon

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Money Counts: A Series For The Financially Young

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