Econ 101: April 30, 2012

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  • Major cities around the U.S. are re-examining new Wal-Mart building permits in the wake of its Mexican bribery scandal. [New York Times]
  • Spain’s economy officially entered another recession in the first quarter of 2012. [Reuters]
  • Europe’s “narrow focus” on austerity could throw the entire continent back into recession, according to a report released today. [CNBC]
  • Growth in health care spending has unexpectedly slowed, providing optimism about the federal government’s fiscal future. [New York Times]
  • House Republicans approved a plan to avoid a student loan interest rate hike that is paid for by cutting health care reform funds. [Bloomberg]
  • Student loan debt is preventing many young Americans from buying homes. [New York Times]
  • Large businesses are increasingly likely to recruit women with the potential to become chief executives. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Wall Street banks are on the verge of cutting thousands of jobs. [CNN Money]