John Dimsdale
Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Marketplace
Elections
People make donations to the Orange County Liberty Counsel after an event with Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Aloma Baptist Church Jan. 28, 2012 in Winter Park, Fla.
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Sustainability
Forecasters say the unusually mild winter so far over the East and Midwest could reduce heating costs 20 percent. Good news for those who pay the heating bills. Maybe not so good for those who sell the fuel. Here, the sun sets behind an oil well sited in the middle of a soybean field near New Haven, Ill.
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Economy
Facing nearly half a trillion dollars in mandated budget cuts over the next 10 years, the U.S. Defense Department will spend more on technology like robots and drones -- and less on soldiers, ships, fighter planes and other conventional weapons. Here, a U.S. Marine-operated Raven surveillance drone prepares to land outside a Marine base on March 21, 2009 near the remote village of Baqwa, Afghanistan after flying a mission.
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