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We you surreptitiously shopping on Monday?
Record-Breaking Cyber Monday Surpasses $1 Billion In U.S. Online Spending -- Online retailers rejoice! According to comScore's latest stats, U.S. online spending surpassed $1 billion on CyberMonday (the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday), up 16 percent versus year ago. The day also marked the the heaviest online spending day in history and the first day to surpass a billion dollars in spending.

Goodbye, DC CPO.
D.C.'s Chief Procurement Officer resigns -- The District's chief procurement officer has resigned. David Gragan's last day on the job will be Dec. 17, according to an e-mail obtained by The Washington Examiner that Gragan sent to his staff on Wednesday.

In Illinois, it's time to get a job, any job.
Unemployment Benefits Expire, Thousands in Illinois Without Safety Net -- Congress let extending benefits for the unemployed slide by this week, failing to approve measures that would aid over 2 million jobless Americans. Soon enough, some 127,000 Illinoisians could feel an even harder pinch in an already grim economy.

Ramping up production and infrastructure to improve.
Africa 'can feed itself in a generation' -- A new book claims Africa could feed itself within a generation, and become a major agricultural exporter. The book, The New Harvest, by Harvard University professor Calestous Juma, calls on African leaders to make agricultural expansion central to all decision-making.

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