John YdstieAfter covering the economy, Wall Street and federal budget issues for two decades, John Ydstie is now applying his reporting and interviewing skills as a roving national correspondent.
Last month in Des Moines, Iowa, President Obama held a backyard discussion on the economy. With unemployment near 10 percent, the president and his fellow Democrats have had trouble touting positive economic news -- like the lower-than-expected TARP bill.
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak Friday at a conference in Wyoming. Investors are looking for clues that the Fed will do more to stimulate the economy.
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An employee inspects finished rolls of aluminum at an Alcoa facility in Newburgh, Ind., in 2006. The company has slashed payrolls in its core business by about one-third.
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