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Congressional Odd Couple Could Be Key To Any Budget Breakthrough

Twenty-nine lawmakers are supposed to come up with a long-term budget deal by mid-December. They meet again Wednesday around a conference table, facing huge hurdles and led by two people who couldn't be more different: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
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Forget The Car Keys — This Commute Requires A Paddle

Rather than traffic jams, kayak commuter Stephen Linaweaver has to look out for container ships. Every day, he paddles in his blue boat from the Port of Oakland to his job in San Francisco. His route may not be shorter than yours — but yours probably doesn't include harbor seals.
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Airline Antitrust Deal Seen Boosting Competition At Airports

After a settlement Tuesday with the Justice Department, American Airlines and US Airways are now free to combine and create the world's largest airline. But, as a condition, they must make room for low-cost competitors at seven airports.
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Obama Taps Treasury's Bailout Lawyer To Lead Derivatives Watchdog

Timothy Massad is nominated to head the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. He would replace Gary Gensler, whose four-year tenure was marred by questions of his professional ties to Jon Corzine and the downfall of MF Global.
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Ethanol Is Center Stage In Fight Over American Fuel Tanks

Two large industries — agriculture and oil — are fighting a pitched battle over access to your car's fuel tank. Americans are buying less gasoline, but a federal law requires the country to include an increasing amount of corn-based ethanol in the country's fuel supply. Facing billions of dollars in lost sales, the oil industry wants the government to reverse course on ethanol.
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Justice Department Approves American, U.S. Airlines Merger

The Justice Department approved an airline merger Tuesday that will create the world's largest carrier. AMR, the parent of American Airlines, and U.S. Airways agreed to divest a number of slots and gates at key airports in order to enhance competition.
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Do For-Profit Schools Give Poor Kenyans A Real Choice?

American entrepreneurs in Kenya are attempting to fundamentally transform education for some of the poorest kids in the world — while making a profit. Classes are large, and lessons are standardized. Some education leaders worry that private, for-profit schools undermine struggling public education systems.
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Justice Reaches Deal To Allow American, US Airways Merger

The companies expect the merger to be complete next month. Under the settlement, American and US Airways agreed to give up slots at key airports around the country.
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Have Bitcoin To Burn? Next Stop Could Be The Farm

There aren't many businesses accepting Bitcoin just yet, so what's bringing together the futuristic currency with the age-old profession of farming? Some say credit card fees play a big role.
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Bailout Chief Tapped For Tougher Job: Regulating Derivatives

Timothy Massad has overseen the Troubled Asset Relief Program that bailed out banks and automakers. Now he's expected to be nominated to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission — perhaps an even tougher job.

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