Numbers: Oct. 8, 2007

GENERAL MOTORS STRIKE

73,000

Number of employees who participated in a national two-day United Auto Workers strike against GM, the first since 1970

$50 billion

Estimated cost of future health-care liabilities that GM could take off its books in a proposed four-year deal, which would let the company use its overflowing pension fund to help retirees cover increased health-care costs

IRAQ

$500,000

Amount the Iraq war costs per minute, according to a joint analysis by a Nobel-prizewinning economist and a Harvard scholar, who noted that the amount spent on the war each day could pay for health care for 423,529 children

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