A farmer harvests a corn crop near Monticello, Ill., last September. The price of wheat and corn jumped 70 percent in the second half of 2010. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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President Obama's budget is expected to include plans for spending on new initiatives and dramatically cutting some programs. Copies of Obama's fiscal 2011 budget are seen above. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A vendor pulls his trolley past Egyptian army soldiers sitting and standing atop armored personnel carriers in Cairo on Saturday. But in Egypt, jobs are hard to come by. Most Egyptians live on about $2 a day, according to Isobel Coleman, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. And the college educated face a 30 percent unemployment rate. Victoria Hazou/AP hide caption

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Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley visit the Walter Payton College Preparatory school in Chicago. Chris Walker/AP hide caption

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President Obama meets with China's President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea, in November. The Chinese leader comes to Washington this week. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Shopper Monica Eaves, with her daughter, Sophia, 2, shops for holiday gifts at The Grove outdoor mall in Los Angeles on Tuesday. A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the economy than expected. AP Photographer/AP hide caption

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