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Three New 'Cliffs' Threaten The Economy

Three more fiscal cliff-type deadlines are fast approaching. They involve: 1) raising the debt ceiling 2) imposing automatic spending cuts and 3) funding the federal government to avert a partial shutdown.
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Artist's State-Shaped Steaks Explore Beef's Origins

Hoping people will think more about where their meat comes from, art graduate student Sarah Hallacher has visualized the U.S. beef industry with a series of steaks (actually, clay) sculpted into the shape of states and packaged in Styrofoam and shrink wrap.
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Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run

The drought that damaged crops in the Midwest last summer has brought the water level to historically low levels. Now barge traffic along a vital stretch of the Mississippi is dangerously close to running dry, putting shipping and jobs at risk.
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If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do?

Changes to gun laws require working with Congress. But the president might do such things as bolster the federal database on gun buyers and order stepped-up prosecution of felons and others barred from buying weapons.
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Crazy Or Canny? Talk Grows About $1 Trillion Platinum Coin

In theory, some say, President Obama could have a $1 trillion coin made and that would head off the next big battle over the federal government's debt ceiling.
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Inauguration Package Includes Social Media Butler

Some Washington, D.C. hotels offer luxury packages for those attending President Obama's inauguration. The Madison Hotel offers one for $47,000. It includes four nights at the hotel, a car and driver, a shopping spree and the services of a social media butler.
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Baseball Writers Vote For No Hall Of Fame Candidates

The Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 will not have any new inductees from the ranks of the recently retired. That's despite a list of candidates that includes Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds.
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Obama To Nominate Jack Lew As Head Of Treasury

President Obama will nominate his Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Treasury Secretary. Lew is a budget expert who could hit the ground running as the treasury tries to cope with a looming debt ceiling, automatic spending cuts and the ongoing push for long-term deficit reduction.

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