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Site-Geist: Economy Grows at Best Pace Since 1984

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• The Surprises Inside the GDP Stunner — Beyond the 7.2% third-quarter growth rate are some welcome improvements in business spending on equipment and software, claims BusinessWeek Online

• The Bush Boomlet — Slate's lead story Thursday: "Dan Gross on Bush's Bogus Boom"

• Business Finally Comes Through in GDP Number — TheStreet.com's Rebecca Byrne says that now it's not just the consumers

• U.S. Economy: Long-Term Recovery or Short-Term Blip? — A transcript of George Washington University economist Frederick L. Joutz's chat on WashingtonPost.com about the news

• Why the Recovery Looks Like a Keeper — BusinessWeek Online's Christopher Farrell says that despite the Administration's dollar confusion, the omens are good — even for job hunters — as renewed capital spending kicks in

• A Big Quarter — Paul Krugman writes in the New York Times that "we've had our hopes dashed in the past, and it remains to be seen whether this is just another one-hit wonder"

• Dems Offer Bush No Credit for Economic Growth — Conservative analysts disagreed, saying the president's tax cuts had everything to do with the robust growth

Disaster for Dems — A New York Post by John Podhoretz op-ed begins: "There's no getting around it: Life is getting a whole lot better for Americans and a whole lot worse for the Democrats running for president"

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