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As much contention as there is in Washington, President Obama’s proposed budget actually has some policies in common with proposals from the Senate and the House. Meanwhile, commentator Robert Reich says that, when it comes to reforming Social Security, the president must change his approach. Facebook ads will soon get even more personal. And we hear about the most powerful currency in the world right now -- the bitcoin.

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Obama chooses between cigarettes, soda and booze

Apr 10, 2013
In his budget, the president chose to tax one sin more than others.

'Chained CPI' hurts seniors

Apr 10, 2013
Obama's proposal to recalculate the rate of inflation hurts seniors who spend more on health care than the rest of us.

China uneasy with North Korea's threats

Apr 10, 2013
A steady drumbeat of threats from North Korea is making the world's second largest economy assess China's relationship with its neighbor.

Immigration reform worries E-Verify critics

Apr 10, 2013
The system continues to thwart some eligible workers at a time lawmakers mull expanding it.

So we've got three budgets, but is there any overlap?

Apr 10, 2013
Obama adds his budget to competing plans from the House and Senate. Is there any Venn diagram overlap?

Facebook's new data combo platter

Apr 10, 2013
The social network is looking to sell more ads by combing what it knows about you with information from the outside.
Facebook, already frequently criticized with regards to user privacy, has now come under fire for a clandestine study it conducted on users' emotional disposition when reading tailored newsfeeds.
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From a toy store in Cleveland, the Main Street view of the federal budget

Apr 10, 2013
Toy store owner Steve Presser is optimistic about Congressional budget negotiations, but worries there won't be enough support for small business.

A little alchemy to save the global economy

Apr 10, 2013
In Neil Irwin's new book, "The Alchemists," central bankers conjure magic to bolster their economies after the financial crisis of 2008.

Bitcoin: Digital coin of the realm in Internet age

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Apr 10, 2013
Digital currency Bitcoin has grown sensationally, with 11 million Bitcoins worth nearly $2 billion in circulation. It's the ultimate Internet-age currency: Bitcoin circulates only online, trades anonymously and isn't regulated by any government.

As much contention as there is in Washington, President Obama’s proposed budget actually has some policies in common with proposals from the Senate and the House. Meanwhile, commentator Robert Reich says that, when it comes to reforming Social Security, the president must change his approach. Facebook ads will soon get even more personal. And we hear about the most powerful currency in the world right now — the bitcoin.

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