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The Week in Pictures | October 14, 2011

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Economic turmoil, a failed jobs bill, pinkwashing and more dominated this week’s headlines outside of the insurance world, with an ongoing emhpasis on domestic unemployment, international finance and the upcoming U.S. presidential election.


President Barack Obama holds up a copy of his jobs act as he speaks at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas. Obama is challenging a divided Congress to unite behind his jobs bill or get ready to be run “out of town” by angry voters. Hoping to use public frustration and economic worry as leverage, he has called his proposal an insurance plan against a painful return to recession. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)


Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., arrives at the Capitol for the vote on President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Nelson said he would not support the president on the bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, right, talks with his Legislative Affairs Secretary, Gareth Elliott, second from left, as he goes over legislation approved by the lawmakers in the closing days of this year’s legislative session, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Brown had until Oct. 9 to either approve or veto hundreds of bills that were sent to his desk. He signed 10 new insurance regulations into law. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) maine

Protesters march from the State House to the Federal Building during a rally to encourage Congress to pass legislation to create jobs and enact a financial transaction tax on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Augusta, Maine. The group marched to the offices of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to deliver a check for $312 billion, the amount that they say the transaction tax would generate annually. (AP Photo/Joel Page) japan

A man walks in front of the electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Asian stocks surged Tuesday as a pledge by European leaders to protect the region’s banks from a debt crisis and Beijing’s move to buy the shares of major Chinese lenders boosted confidence. The benchmark Nikkei 225 stock average rose 170.54 points, to end morning session at 8776.16. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)


A Member of the European Parliament takes her seat prior to the start of a session with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. The European Union hopes to push its member states to take firmer action on the debt crisis when it presents Wednesday a broad new plan to fight market turmoil, from strengthening weak banks to lowering Greece’s debt burden. The plan is the boldest attempt yet to stem the crisis, which has linked the fortunes of highly indebted states like Greece, Ireland and Portugal with those of the banks that own those countries’ bonds. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)


Oklahoma state Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, gestures as he speaks at a meeting of the Task Force for the Study of State Tax Credits and Economic Incentives, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Oklahoma policymakers are resuming an analysis of some of the hundreds of tax breaks and incentives the state hands out every year. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)


After weeks of secret meetings, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, led by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., seems no closer to reaching its assigned goal of at least $1.2 trillion in deficit savings over the next 10 years than it was when talks began. Lawmakers, aides and lobbyists closely following the group are increasingly skeptical, even pessimistic. Supercommittee members from left are Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., Hensarling, Murray, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)


Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, makes a point as Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum listen during a presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Toni Sandys, Pool)


In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 photo, the box for a Sephora Collection Pink Eyelash Curler is displayed in Philadelphia. Advocates are asking whether breast cancer awareness has lost its focus, and become more about marketing than women’s health. Pinkwashing, a word coined by activists, is a practice being described as when a company or organization does a pink breast cancer promotion, but at the same time sells and profits from pink-theme products. But pink ribbon groups say such sales help to fund millions of dollars of research to find cures for the disease. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


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