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Let's do the numbers: our latest economic anxiety poll

23 hours ago
Marketplace staff

There are plenty of numbers in our recently released Marketplace-Edison Research Economic poll , but the overall takeaway is Americans are even more anxious about the economy than they were a year ago. What does that really look like? Washington Bureau Chief Andrea Seabrook breaks down the numbers behind the poll via Twitter:

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Unintentional Skydiving Trick Is Successful

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The battle for the ISIS-held city of Mosul, now in its second day, is expected to drag on for weeks or months. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces approach the city, aid groups in the region are preparing for a humanitarian crisis.

Fighting has lulled in some areas, but is continuing in others, and airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition continue, NPR's Alice Fordham reports from Kalak, Iraq.

"The Iraqi army is fighting its way toward the city from the south: a spokesman said they are facing resistance but moving," Alice says.

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Cost of living adjustment ticks up, barely

Oct 18, 2016
Adam Allington

The annual cost of living adjustment, known as COLA, was released this morning.

Starting in January, Social Security recipients will receive a tiny bump in pay of just 0.3 percent, which equates to something close to $4-5 per month for the average retiree.

COLA increases have been essentially flat in recent years. Since 2009, the cost-of-living hike has been more than 2 percent only once, and has been zero three times.

Social Security recipients to get $5 more a month

Oct 18, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about a 0.3 percent increase in Social Security benefits for next year; the most important attributes Americans value in a job; an increase in the high school graduation rate; and why Saudi officials are going on roadshows. 

Rain beats against the windows of a downtown New York City building on a soporific Friday morning. A high school teacher is reading out loud from a sample recommendation letter when she notices a few students fidgeting and texting.

"I'm not seeing all eyes ..." she says, her voice trailing off.

Naama Wrightman, who is coaching the teacher, jumps in.

"All right, pause. It's the right correction. How can you frame it positively? ... Take out the 'not.' "

"All eyes on me?"

"Exactly, give that quick scan again."

Donald Trump is warning that the election will be rigged. He has precisely zero evidence to back up that claim. But he has a remarkably receptive audience.

Around 30 percent of Americans have "little or no confidence" that votes will be counted accurately — and Trump's voters are far less confident about that than Clinton's.

If presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were consumer products, they wouldn't exactly be flying off the shelves, according to a firm that studies brand loyalty.

The Reputation Institute, which gauges how consumers view companies, politicians and even countries, gives Republican nominee Trump what it calls an overall "pulse score" of 31.7. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton rates a bit better, at 38.7.

Any score less than 40 qualifies as having a "poor reputation," the firm says.