Econ 101: April 26, 2013

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  • The Senate passed a measure meant to end the furloughs of air traffic controllers that have caused airport delays. [The Hill]
  • The Senate advanced legislation that would give states authority to tax online sales, with final passage expected when it returns from recess in May. [USA Today]
  • European unemployment continues to rise, with Spain’s jobless rate hitting 27.2 percent and French unemployment rising above 3.2 million. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Spain’s government is expected to lay out an agenda Friday that calls for less austerity and more investment to boost its lagging economy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • New jobless claims fell to 339,000 last week, a drop of 16,000 from the week before. [Reuters]
  • 15-year mortgage rates have fallen to a record low, giving a boost to the recovering housing market. [CNN Money]
  • Nearly one-in-four Americans has used a pay day lender or other forms of high-cost, short-term loans. [Washington Post]