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The Dow and S & P 500 finished the day at their lowest levels in nearly 12 years, as investors continue to worry about efforts to fix the economy. The Dow sank 250 points. The S & P shed 26 and the Nasdaq lost 53 points. The meltdown came as President Obama held a day of Q & A at the White House. This time reporters didn't do the grilling. It was lawmakers from Capitol Hill at the mic.
The Q & A session was part of the bipartisan "fiscal responsibility summit." It was a remarkable, candid moment. In the free-flowing open session, Pres. Obama and lawmakers were in one room talking about ways to solve the crisis. We'll have more on the meeting tonight on AC360° .
The summit came after Pres. Obama met with the nation's governors. Some governors are threatening to turn down money offered in the White House stimulus package. One of the sticking points is money for unemployment aid. Some governors say the cash for that program could lead to tax increases down the road and that's why they don't want to the money.
Do you think governors should pass up on the cash? Or are they putting politics ahead of the people in their state? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Interestingly, New York's two senators have told Pres. Obama their state would gladly take any money rejected by a governor.
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