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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Td Economics
Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting higher consumer confidence. The increase was driven by another strong month of auto sales and the release of the iPhone5.
The U.S. trade deficit shrank in April, but only because a big drop in imports offset the first decline in U.S. exports in five months.
The Federal Reserve says the economy is growing moderately while cautioning that risks from Europe remain. It also is holding off on taking any further steps to boost the recovery.
At the start of the critical holiday shopping season, the economy received a dose of mixed news Wednesday.