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How The Debt Limit Became 'A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point'

Since Congress first passed a law that set a cap on how much debt the Treasury could accrue, it has had to raise that limit more than 100 times. And 40 of those times, lawmakers have tried to tie strings to the vote. But veterans of past fights say they have gotten more intense in recent years.
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Iran's Leaders Send Sobering Message: No Quick Economic Fix

Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani says he will seek a nuclear agreement and an end to crippling Western economic sanctions. This has raised hopes that better economic times may be ahead. But Rouhani's team, as well as economists, say Iran's problems are deep-rooted and won't be easily solved.
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So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up?

Now that enrollment has opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, one of the biggest questions people have is, what's the deadline? It's Dec. 15 if you want coverage to start on Jan. 1. But open enrollment actually runs through March 2014. After that, you'll generally have to wait until next fall.
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15 Years Later, Where Did All The Cigarette Money Go?

So far, tobacco companies have paid more than $100 billion to state governments as part of a 25-year, $246 billion settlement. Though the money was meant to be spent on prevention and smoking-related programs, it didn't come with a mandate.
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Shortage Of Workers Hampers Chili Harvest In New Mexico

Southern New Mexico is America's iconic home of chili harvesting and production. But production is a fraction of what's produced in India and China — countries with large pools of labor. Still, in the fall, New Mexico farmers need hundreds of workers to handpick their crops. Even paying $14 an hour, they can't find enough help.
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Models, Rules And High School Dropouts: A Guide To The Economics Nobel

Favorites to win this year's prize include economists famous for work on education and income, regulation, and economic modeling.
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(Cabbage) Heads Will Roll: How To Make A Food Network 'From Scratch'

The Food Network was intended for cooks, but it wasn't run by them. In a new tell-all book, Allen Salkin takes an unsparing look at the channel's progression from struggling cable startup to global powerhouse, and the people who rose and fell along the way.
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How Washington Looks From A Global Financial Perspective

Zanny Minton Beddoes, the economics editor for The Economist, argues that the stalled budget negotiations and the government shutdown have already harmed U.S. standing in the world. She explains her position to host Arun Rath.
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North Dakota's Delay In Reporting Oil Spill Raises Questions

A North Dakota agency waited more than a week to tell the public about a pipeline spill of more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil. A wheat farmer was the first to recognize the spill had happened.
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Shutdown Diary: More Talk But No Deal

President Obama and Senate Republicans met at the White House on Friday, Day 11 of the partial government shutdown, but there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting on its debts.

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