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Stocks tumble

The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index fell nearly 4 percent over the past week as investors reacted to news of proposed restrictions on major banks and signs that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's chances of a second term were in jeopardy.

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Populist backlash puts Bernanke under siege
Article | The populist brushfire that has burned through Democratic fortunes this week threatened Friday to claim Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, imperiling his nomination for a second term and sending an unsettled stock market tumbling for the third straight day.

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