Econ 101: August 1, 2012

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  • Congressional leaders agreed to a deal yesterday that will avoid a government funding debate before the November election. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in an interview that Congress should take advantage of extremely low borrowing rates to adopt measures that would boost the economy. [Bloomberg]
  • The Postal Service will likely default on a payment for the first time today. [New York Times]
  • The Olympics are hurting sales for central London retailers. [Bloomberg]
  • Home prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in May. [Reuters]
  • House Republican leaders yesterday officially ended their attempt to approve a one-year extension of the current farm bill. [The Hill]
  • Federal education officials this week pledged to focus more on outcomes for special education students. [Education Week]