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

itoggle caption Tony Dejak/AP

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

itoggle caption Sitthixay Ditthavong/AP

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

itoggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP

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

itoggle caption Justin Lane/EPA/Landov

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

itoggle caption Dimitri Messinis/AP

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

itoggle caption Alex Brandon/AP

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

itoggle caption John Thys/AFP/Getty Images