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Valerie Jarrett Explains Obama On Economy, Energy

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation with White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. A day after the State of the Union speech, Jarrett says President Obama's focus is not on politics. She also addresses criticism Obama has faced over the national debt and high unemployment rates.

Europe Lacks Structures To Make Euro Work Properly, Merkel Says

But, Merkel added, "we are determined" to make the common currency and related institutions work. She didn't elaborate on how that will happen.

Google's New Privacy Policy Will Allow Tracking Across Services

Critics say the new policy will open opportunities for hackers to access vast personal data.

$100 Hot Dog Better Be Top-Shelf Dog

Vancouver, Canada, is laying claim to the most expensive hot dog in the world. Chef Dougie Luv of DougieDog Hot Dogs is serving a $100 Dragon Dog. The hot dog features a foot-long bratwurst, which is infused with 100-year-old Louis XIII cognac. That cognac costs more than $2,000 a bottle.

Federal Reserve To Publish Interest-Rate Projects

The Federal Reserve will announce on Wednesday what officials expect to do with the rates it controls for next couple of years. The Fed will join central banks in Sweden, Norway and New Zealand in relaying information about expectations for short-term interest rates. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about why the Fed is doing this, and the impact it will have.

Holiday Sales Help Boost Apple's Profits

The company earned $13.1 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, a record. Sales of iPads were also up — soaring 111 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.

Japan Details First Trade Deficit Since 1980

The Japanese government has announced that the country's trade balance has gone negative. It's the first time since 1980 that Japan's export-based economy has recorded a trade deficit. Economists say the strength of the yen and weak global demand have hit Japanese exports hard.