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For Florists, Roses A Nerve-Racking Business Around Valentines Day

Valentines Day is this one day when one product — a red rose — is worth two or three times more than it is at any other time of the year. If a florist catches that window, he's golden. But the process of getting the roses to is fraught with risk, middlemen, crazy expense and bad weather.
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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.
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Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

As the economy improves, political debates change. President Obama says it's time to focus on stagnant middle-class incomes. Republicans are trying to come up with their agenda for the middle class.
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Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

American firms have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the U.S. The president wants to encourage them to bring that money home.
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Low Oil Prices Great For Consumers, Less So For Investors

Much of the oil industry is gathered in Houston this week for an annual conference that serves as a deal-making forum for producers large and small. Deals may be harder to reach this year because there is so much uncertainty about the price of oil.
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As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

Oil prices aren't the only thing that's dropped. The prices of everything from corn to sugar have fallen, too. So some economists predict lower prices at the grocery store later this year.
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The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs

Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.
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Record-Keeping On D.C. Tax Breaks Is Shoddy, Report Says

A report by the nonprofit Good Jobs First says the city isn’t doing a good job of monitoring what it gets in return for giving tax breaks to companies.

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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

With gas prices down, a growing number of states are turning to a gas tax increase. New Jersey looks at following suit to fund much-needed projects, but some drivers aren't eager to pay up.
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State Budgets To Be Hit By Slide In Oil Prices

In North Dakota, falling oil prices have barely caused a ripple. In Alaska, lawmakers are calling it a "fiscal apocalypse." Wyoming is neither panicking nor ignoring the decline in prices.

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