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Paying for the Inflation Reduction Act

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, where he spoke to reporters about the Inflation Reduction Act. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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What Japan's Lost Decade teaches us about recessions

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A driver pumps gas at a Gulf gas station in Lynnfield, Mass., on July 19. Gasoline prices are dropping, which is helping bring down inflation. But the cost of many other things are still climbing. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Inflation is cooling thanks to gas prices, but many things still cost a lot more

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Double agents and drug discounts

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President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. The legislation is aimed at boosting the domestic production of semiconductors. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Nikki Cox faced possible eviction this summer after her work hours were cut, and then she lost three weeks of pay after getting COVID-19. Via Nikki Cox hide caption

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'We have nowhere to go': Many face eviction during a crisis in affordable housing

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The secret to upward mobility: Friends

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A gas pump is seen at a gas station in Houston on June 9. Gas prices have dropped below $4 a gallon in parts of the country, although the national average remains above that level. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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Gas prices are finally dropping. Here are 4 things to know

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What's really going on with unions

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A 'We Want You!' sign is posted at an Ike's Love & Sandwiches store in Los Angeles on July 26. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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The job market got even better, in a surprisingly positive sign for the economy

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If the world had no accountants

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Summer School 4: Inflation & Drinking Buddies

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