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San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris narrowly defeated Steve Cooley, the District Attorney of LA County, in last month's election. She'll be the first woman attorney general of California and the first from Asian-American and African-American parents, respectively a professor of economics and a doctor. A native of Berkeley, she became deputy district attorney in Alameda County starting in 1990. She moved to San Francisco where she defeated incumbent District Attorney Terence Hallinan in 2003, and was re-elected without opposition four years later.
Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the US economy, so the holiday shopping season is an important measure of economic recovery. This year, it started early, and the big question is, how long will it last?
Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter, SmartMoney.com
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic (@DKThomp)
Karen Dynan, Co-Director of the Economic Studies Program, Brookings Institution
David Leonhardt, New York Times (@DLeonhardt)
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