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Former President Jimmy Carter and Rev. Jesse Jackson remember Nelson Mandela.
(CNN) - The U.S. economy added 203,000 jobs in November.
The unemployment rate fell to 7.0% - the lowest level since November 2008, as more people said they got jobs and joined the labor force.
But while jobs are coming back, they are not necessarily high-paying ones. Nearly one million of the jobs created this year were in the retail, hospitality, and temp work sectors.
"So long as there's still 11 million people looking for work, not being able to find it, we are going to have no pressure upwards on wages," said The Washington Post's economic policy reporter Jim Tankersley.
Cyber Monday sales hit record highs this year. At least one online shopping research group says sales were up nearly 20 percent. Meanwhile, despite the fact that many big box retailers opened stores earlier than last year, Black Friday spending dipped 13 percent.
One reason for the disparity is that Cyber Monday deals are getting better, says Diane Swonk, chief economist and senior managing director of Mezero Financial.
"We're seeing much more of the kinds of promotions you saw in stores on Black Friday, which I think has become 'Red Friday,' because they sell almost at a loss now," said Swonk.
"We call it Cyber Monday because people used to come into work because they had faster internet service," said Swonk. "Now people have it on smartphones, tablets, they get access to the internet almost anywhere."
Online shoppers are also enticed with free shipping, pretty much standard this holiday season, and short-term sales.
"It really is a sign of people seeking out the best deals as well," said Swonk.
For more of our interview with economist Diane Swonk, watch the video above.
(CNN) - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, now co-chairman and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation visited Washington, D.C., Monday, attending President Barack Obama's remarks on World AIDS Day at the White House.
The Gates' foundation has given billions of dollars to HIV research and grants. While much progress has been made, Bill Gates says eradicating the disease entirely, or having an "AIDS-free generation," as U2 lead singer Bono said Sunday, is still a far way off.
"We are going to be living with some level of AIDS for decades to come," Bill Gates told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
On some parts of cable television it feels like the most covered war on earth.
We’re talking of course about the so-called "War on Christmas:” the abandonment of the spiritual meaning of the holiday for the incessant advertising, and earthly-delights of presents, stacked tall beneath the tree.
Now some Americans fear there's a new holiday war being waged on Thanksgiving. Are American families the casualties?
John Berman, Dean Obeidallah, and Jim Tankersley discuss.
JPMorgan has agreed to a $13 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities sold ahead of the financial crisis.
The Justice Department called the agreement "the largest settlement with a single entity in American history."
But this is not a win for the Justice Department, according to Salon.com writer David Dayen, who wrote an article headlined "JPMorgan’s bait-and-switch: The ballyhooed settlement is just a scam!"
"The settlement, first of all, is not $13 billion, the (Federal Housing Finance Agency) announced a $4 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase to settle a lawsuit a month ago," said Dayen. "The Justice Department just stuck that in to their top line number to make it look bigger."
Also, $7 billion of the settlement will be tax deductible for JPMorgan, "which means taxpayers essentially will pay $2.5 billion of the settlement," said Dayen.