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Congress Plays Scrooge this Holiday Season
Special Retail Edition
"Confidence deteriorated; saving picked up; and, spending moderated prior to the shutdown; it's hard to believe those trends will be reversed, given the drop in confidence during and after the shutdown," says Diane Swonk.