Econ 101: February 19, 2013

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  • President Obama is planning a new push to encourage Republicans to avoid deep budget cuts scheduled for March. [Reuters]
  • Union engineers at Boeing are threatening to strike due to a dispute over retirement benefits. [Bloomberg]
  • Europe is threatening to sanction Google unless the internet giant changes its privacy policies. [Financial Times]
  • The housing industry is bracing itself for a new rule governing mortgage down payments. [The Hill]
  • Underwater mortgages are still weighing on the economic recovery. [The Fiscal Times]
  • Germany’s central bank says the country should be able to avoid a recession. [Associated Press]