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The American economy wants you to buy, especially at this time of year.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: This Cyber Monday is your last chance to score big online.

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Cyber Monday and Black Friday are behind us for the year, but the holiday shopping season isn't over just yet. It's always been a time when Americans buy more, but nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, and Americans are spending way more — outsize amounts of money on things.

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Across the country, the laws governing how Americans elect their public officials have become the focus of bitter partisan battles.

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