Washington woman says most likely to Michigan men

The Detroit Free Press encouraged leaders in Washington to provide federal funding for the auto industry’s requested bailout of $34 billion. The front-page editorial (see picture) said it sent the paper to every member of Congress.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a statement the loss of 533,000 jobs in November prompts the need for short-term funding for the auto industry, The New York Times reported. The lost jobs have been one of the greatest since 1974, The Guardian found. Ironically, Pelosi said the funds will most likely come from federal loans set aside to fund fuel-efficiency measures in the industry.

David T.

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College credit

The effects of the credit crisis and rising costs are now surfacing in more than just the banking industry. They’ve hit, are hitting and will hit colleges.

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If I had a billion dollars…

Is the auto industry about to crash?

Is the auto industry about to crash?

No, it did a long time ago, says Michael Moore.

Bailout updates: The U.S. officially entered a recession Monday, and bailout plans for the auto industry increased from the initial $25 billion demand. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson may ask for the second half of the bank bailout plan of $350 billion next week.

Bailout commentary: Michael Moore offers his own satire of the auto bailout.

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Black Friday update

Friday morning, my brother and I spent a good 45 minutes in line around 9:30 a.m. at Kohl’s. We grabbed one of three fondue sets still remaining. The doorbuster, marked $30 down to $20 with a $10 rebate, was definitely worth the wait, and we were lucky we managed to snatch one — the store opened at 4 a.m. for Black Friday.

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Will Black Friday sales be in the black or red?

Nov. 25 podcast: Bankruptcy’s stigma and its potential effects on Nov. 28 sales.

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Unable to Sell Homes, Elderly Forgo Move to Assisted Living

The housing crisis has kept thousands of older Americans who need support and care from moving into retirement communities or assisted-living centers, effectively stranding them in their own homes. Read more on The New York Times. Lynette C. Continue reading

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Your 401(k) match at stake

Many companies suspended matches during the last recession, and some experts think it’s likely to happen again. See more at CNNMoney.com.¬† Lynette C. Continue reading

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