Peter Diamond, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, beams during a Cambridge, Mass., news conference shortly after he won the 2010 Nobel Prize in economics on Oct. 11. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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A coal-fired power plant in New Haven, W.Va, stores carbon dioxide underground and is the world's largest carbon capture facility. An energy bill that would support such projects is taking a beating from both the left and the right this election season. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Grace Chen and her husband, Antonis Orphanou, stand outside their home in Mountain View, Calif. Courtesy Grace Chen hide caption

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Then: On Election Night in 2008, a jubilant Barack Obama greeted supporters in Chicago. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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The Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue metro area registered the sharpest annual increase in foreclosure activity: 71 percent. One in every 129 households received a foreclosure filing. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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The new health law only accounts for a small percentage of insurance premium increases. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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