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The Ripple Effect From Rising Food Prices

As drought and high temperatures continue to devastate much of the country's corn and soybean crops, the USDA reports that food prices will continue to rise at least into 2013. NPR senior business editor Marilyn Geewax and The Earth Policy Institute's Lester Brown discuss the rising cost of food.
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When It Comes To Tax Cuts, Neither Side Is Blinking

Democrats and Republicans are going to the brink over tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans in a showdown that threatens to send the U.S. over a year-end "fiscal cliff." So what's at the heart of the impasse?
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The Debate Over Cuts To The Food Stamp Program

Congress is considering a deficit reduction measure that would eliminate food stamps for nearly two million Americans. Debate over the cost of feeding America's poor.

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Offshore Jobs Play Role In Campaigns And Economy

In politics, offshoring and outsourcing are dirty words. President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have traded attacks over the issue of American jobs being moved overseas. But economists tend to see the trend as inevitable in a modern global economy.
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NYT Excerpt: Offshore Banking In Belize

In his New York Times column, Adam Davidson describes setting up an offshore company — and discovering that it just takes a little money and less effort.
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Hosting The Olympics

Officials in London hope the Olympics will be an economic boon for the city, but prior hosts have found that's not always the case. Diane and guests discuss the economics of hosting the Olympics.

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At Silicon Valley Boot Camp, Perfecting The Pitch

Second in a three-part series. Only 1 percent of high-tech startups in Silicon Valley are run by African-Americans. The number of women is less than 10 percent. The NewME minority accelerator is trying to change the face of the industry by encouraging, mentoring and training women and minorities to test their ideas in the high-tech and venture capital world.
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Despite Crop Insurance, Drought Still Stings Farmers

Many farmers carry terrific crop insurance, and the worse the drought becomes, the more individual farmers will be paid for their lost crops. The federal government picks up most of the cost of the crop insurance program, and this year that bill is going to be a whopper.

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