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President Obama announces new trade deals with India, 152K jobs added in October.

Ben Bernanke. Credit: J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

On Saturday, President Obama announced major trade deals with India worth $10 billion and 50,000 new American jobs. The new agreements recast India’s growing clout in the global economy. Also, in a new report released last week announced 151,000 jobs were added to the economy boosting hopes for a turn around in the job market. Meanwhile, Congressional members ready themselves for a fight over extending the Bush tax cuts. For months the White House has remained firm on ending the tax cuts for individuals earning more then $250,000 while Republicans are pushing to extend them for everyone regardless of income. President Obama indicated he would be open to negotiating with Republicans on the divisive issue.

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