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1. Scott Brown, Wall Street's Hope to Stop Elizabeth Warren
Sheelah Kolhatkar, Bloomberg Businessweek

Mitt Romney isn't the only Massachusetts politician making news. Bay State voters have a U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent Scott Brown, aka "America's Sexiest Man Alive (1982)," and -- wait for it; here's the part that's really got Wall Streeters on alert -- Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who is given lots of credit for creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

2. Are You Better Off? Take a Look at the Stock Market
Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers, Bloomberg

What does the stock market measure? How people (investors) feel about the future. In this Bloomberg piece, a couple of public-policy professors argue that the market's trajectory "capture[s] well the narrative of disaster, survival and recovery that has marked the past four years."

3. Discount birthday: Walmart, Kmart, Target hit big 5-0
Hadley Malcolm, Jayne O'Donnell in USA TODAY

Remember Blue Light Specials? The ones with the actual blue light leading you to the discounted item? Kmart, Wal-Mart, and Target all turn 50 this year.

4. Even If You're All-Powerful, It's Hard to Fix the Economy
David Kestenbaum, NPR

Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, built a computer model that predicts how changes in various factors like oil prices and national debt would affect unemployment in the U.S. NPR's Planet Money asked him to go whole hog to see if he could get unemployment in the model below 5%. He couldn't.

5. The Economics Of Stealing Bikes
Caitlin Kenney, NPR

There might not be a lot of reward in stealing bikes, but there's not a lot of risk, either.

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