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Florida latest state to try to control food stamp purchases

Jan 30, 2012
After similar legislation failed in California, Texas, and Illinois, a lawmaker in Florida is hoping to ban the use of food stamps to buy soda, candy, and other junk food.
Posted In: food stamps, government spending, junk food

PODCAST: More summits, more problems

Jan 30, 2012
One European company is offering interest paid in chocolate to its lenders, who are also customers. As soon as this week, regulators could green-light construction on two new nuclear power reactors in Georgia. Why can't European leaders seem to get enough of summits, and will they eventually be able to find a solution to the debt crisis there? And a warm weather winter also means a heating fuel glut.

Charitable giving up in 2011

Jan 30, 2012
Last year, Americans gave at nearly pre-recession levels.
Posted In: Charitable giving, charities, salvation army, oxfam

A history of American borrowing

Jan 30, 2012
Borrowing wasn't always thought of as an abstract, impersonal concept. Author Louis Hyman discusses the history of borrowing and his new book, "Borrow: The American Way of Debt."
Posted In: debt, borrowing

Florida gets more jobs, but maybe not the right kind

Jan 30, 2012
Florida has long relied on tourism to drive its economy, but the state wants more technology firms and other skilled jobs.
Posted In: Florida, Jobs

How Google searches are leading economic indicators

Jan 30, 2012
Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan discusses how data from your online searches can help not just advertisers, but also economists in researching the state of the economy.
Posted In: online advertising, Google, leading economic indicators

Obama's latest push for mortgage refinancing

Jan 30, 2012
In his State of the Union address, President Obama sketched out a plan to help homeowners refinance, something Allan Sloan calls 'Wall Street bailing out Main Street.'
Posted In: mortgage, refinance, President Obama, State of the Union

What to fear more: Inflation vs. deflation

Jan 30, 2012
The news that Americans are saving more is a mixed blessing, and could also increase our risk of deflation.
Posted In: deflation, consumer spending, inflation

The role of airports in building the economy

Jan 27, 2012
If the United States wants to continue to be the major player in the global economy, it needs an efficient, robust aviation system.
Posted In: infrastructure, airports, aviation, airline industry

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