FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington. Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering a sharp defense Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions. Bernanke says the Fed needs to drive down borrowing rates low because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment. The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington. Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering a sharp defense Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions. Bernanke says the Fed needs to drive down borrowing rates low because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment. The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington. Chairman Ben Bernanke is offering a sharp defense Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, of the Federal Reserve's bold policies to stimulate the weak economy, while cautioning Congress to respect its private discussions. Bernanke says the Fed needs to drive down borrowing rates low because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment. The unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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