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The Dow Jones is hitting record highs, giving the top 5 percent of the U.S. (who hold more than 80 percent of stocks) another huge boost. And although Stephen Colbert doesn't think the wealth divide is a big deal, former Truthdigger of the Week Robert Reich begs to differ.

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Almost 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the United States has established a cleanup program to address the effects of toxic chemicals used during the conflict that continue to afflict the Vietnamese people with cancers, birth defects and other diseases.

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Jittery investors now have even more to worry about after a disappointing May jobs report slammed Wall Street on Friday, wiping out the entire gains for the stock market this year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 275 points, or 2.2 percent. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 were also down, dropping 2.8 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

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Londoners will get the chance to say bon voyage to James Murdoch as he flees his embattled role as chairman of the crisis-ridden News International to oversee News Corp.’s television operations from a Manhattan office.

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Traditionally, the holiday season brings good tidings for the stock market, too. There's even something called "the Santa rally," we learned from this Wall Street Journal article. Neat! But this year, with trouble on the European front and the ongoing recession (yes, that reads "recession") at home, there may be less to look forward to, or so market forecasters fear.

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This week's European crisis summit in Brussels has produced an agreement in an effort to mitigate what was looking like an inevitable economic catastrophe, judging by the dire situation in Greece and elsewhere in the eurozone. By Thursday, international markets were registering the results.

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We knew capitalism was crazy, but it turns out it took only a single sale of $4.1 billion in futures to put into motion a series of events that culminated in the “flash crash” of May 6, during which the Dow Jones dropped 600 points in just a matter of minutes.

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