Job seekers fill out applications Aug. 21 at a construction job fair in New York. Polls show voters want the presidential candidates to provide more details on how they would reduce unemployment, change tax policy and alter government spending. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Economists hope lawmakers can avert a "fiscal cliff" after November's election, but what if Congress runs out of time? Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 9. Economic developments on both sides of the Atlantic could have a big impact on the U.S. presidential election. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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A man fills his gas tank Wednesday in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Gas prices surged as Isaac approached, but are expected to ease after Labor Day. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Shoppers walk along Chicago's Michigan Avenue last month. Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee July 18. Economists expect Fed policymakers to consider further steps to boost growth when they meet next week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A "historically low inventory" of cattle and hogs is driving up meat prices, a trend that's expected to continue next year, USDA economist Richard Volpe says. Justin Lane/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The marble statue of Plato stands in front of the Athens Academy in Athens. The ancient Greek philosopher had his doubts about democracy. Dimitri Messinis/AP hide caption

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