A man fills his gas tank Wednesday in Lyndhurst, Ohio. Gas prices surged as Isaac approached, but are expected to ease after Labor Day. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Shoppers walk along Chicago's Michigan Avenue last month. Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP hide caption

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears before the House Financial Services Committee July 18. Economists expect Fed policymakers to consider further steps to boost growth when they meet next week. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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A "historically low inventory" of cattle and hogs is driving up meat prices, a trend that's expected to continue next year, USDA economist Richard Volpe says. Justin Lane/EPA/Landov hide caption

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The marble statue of Plato stands in front of the Athens Academy in Athens. The ancient Greek philosopher had his doubts about democracy. Dimitri Messinis/AP hide caption

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Many economists are predicting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his fellow policymakers will continue to depress long-term rates. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Brussels. John Thys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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