Econ 101: December 5, 2011

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  • U.S. automakers are “headed toward their best annual performance in three years at sales of 12.8 million vehicles.” [Bloomberg]
  • European leaders hope to have a deal in place to save the Euro by the end of a summit in Brussels this week. [New York Times]
  • The nomination of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is likely to be filibustered by Republicans this week. [Politico]
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to unveil new legislation today to extend soon-to-expire jobless benefits and a payroll tax cut, after Republicans filibustered the Democrats’ last plan. [Bloomberg]
  • Federal Reserve officials are reportedly “close to completing an overhaul of how they signal their policy plans to the public.” [Wall Street Journal]
  • According to the latest data, “at the end of 2008, more consumers were using debit cards than credit cards but now that trend has reversed.” [CNN Money]
  • Shoppers spent nearly $6 billion online last weekend, setting a new record. [Associated Press]
  • Wall Street’s workforce is getting more diverse, but white men are still taking home most of the pay. [Huffington Post]