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In this Dec. 2011 file photo, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Schapiro testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schapiro will step down as chair of the SEC next month after a tumultuous tenure in which she helped lead the U.S. government�s regulatory response to the 2008 financial crisis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
WASHINGTON: Call it the Snooze Economy. Roughly two months before the presidential election, the economy has turned both boring and mystifying. It hardly impresses anyone, and yet this plodding performance is probably helping Hillary Clinton by minimizing bad economic news. More important: The lackluster expansion, if continued for a few more years, would represent an enormous achievement. It would finally erase most of the losses of the Great Recession.