Econ 101: November 2, 2011

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  • Protesters at Occupy Oakland, one week after a police crackdown, “are calling for a general strike on Wednesday that will include an attempt to shut down the nation’s fifth-busiest shipping port.” [New York Times]
  • The biggest banks’ “brief experiment with charging customers to use their debit cards appears to be over.” [Wall Street Journal}
  • Mega-insurer AIG yesterday paid back $1 billion in bailout funds, according to the Treasury Department. [The Hill]
  • In the last 20 years, “elementary and middle school students have improved greatly in math, but their reading skills have stagnated.” [New York Times]
  • The Greek cabinet voted unanimously yesterday to support Prime Minister George Papandreou’s plan to hold a referendum on his country’s financial rescue package. [Bloomberg]
  • The FBI plans “to examine whether client funds are missing” from MF Global, the financial firm that collapsed into bankruptcy this week. [Wall Street Journal]
  • “More than 4 million mortgage borrowers who were foreclosed on between 2009 and 2010 will have a chance to request an independent review of how their foreclosure process was handled,” according to federal regulators. [CNN Money]
  • The credit rating agency Moody’s said yesterday that “the fate of the nation’s AAA credit rating does not hinge solely on the final product of the deficit supercommittee.” [The Hill]