The Year In: Economy.

GeithnerAs the "Great Recession" dragged on, the unemployment rate climbed. Here are the top five articles explaining how we got into this situation and how we can get out of it:

Through the debate over the bailouts, it seemed that every financial institution was "too big to fail." But when it comes to banking, size isn't the only thing that matters.

A number of states are still undergoing budget crises. Could our commitment to federalism actually be slowing down our economic recovery?

As foreclosures swept the nation, opportunistic housing speculators moved in and hindered efforts of block-by-block revitalization.

The unemployment rate for men certainly climbed quickly, but the "He-cession" was a myth.

So, how do we keep our financial architecture from crumbling once again? In a word: regulation.

--The Editors

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