Pundits can't decide whether the future looks bright for the American economy, or the new year will bring doomsday. On the positive side, unemployment compensation claims are at their lowest levels in more than three years, housing sales are up, the stock market is making a comeback, and confidence in the economy is growing. On the negative side, there's Europe. If the continent drops into a big recession, the United States is in danger of losing the small economic gains it won in the past year.
- The Recession in the U.S. and Europe That Never Truly Ended The Atlantic
- Did Bernanke Protect the U.S. From the Euromess? Wonkblog
- China Outshone U.S. as Top IPO Venue The Financial Times
- Marginal Revolutionaries The Economist
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Female comic lovers are taking a long-overdue stand against the male-dominated production of comics (women represent 1% of comic book creators)—a new hotly anticipated "southern gothic horror" comic book is illustrated by an all-female team of artists. Female fans are also trying to prevent harassment at comic conventions, and pushing for female comic characters who are more than sexualized sidedishes to the male main event.
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