Econ 101: April 5, 2013

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  • New jobless claims hit a four-month high this week, casting a shadow over today’s jobs report. [Reuters]
  • President Obama’s budget will mimic past “grand bargain” deals he has offered congressional Republicans. [Washington Post]
  • The Bank of Japan is the latest central bank to turn to easing monetary policy to stimulate the economy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Banks are worried that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) may become the next chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. [Bloomberg]
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau penalized four insurance companies for improper mortgage practices. [New York Times]
  • The Chamber of Commerce is renewing its push to overhaul and weaken many of the rules in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. [The Hill]
  • Former Enron CEO John Skilling, serving a 24-year sentence for fraud, could get early release from prison. [New York Times]