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Confirmation: Selfies Are Forces Of Evil
Darth Vader has posted on Instagram a photo of his face — more precisely his iconic black helmet. The photo launched the Star Wars Instagram account — a marketing effort by Disney which has a new release out this month.
NFL Thursday Matchup: 2 Losing Teams Will Still Get Ratings
This week's Thursday Night Football features two teams that are as far from great as you can get. The Houston Texas face the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may just be the worst matchup of the year.
Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test
The recent deal between Iran and six world powers grabbed the headlines. But Iran is also working with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will be carrying out a long-delayed inspection on an Iranian nuclear reactor in the coming days.
Food Stamp Program To Be Cut, But By How Much?
On Capitol Hill, the House wants to cut food stamps, or SNAP benefits, by $40 billion over 10 years. The Senate wants to cut $4 billion. Our Planet Money team explains the cuts involve complicated legal maneuvers — or what some people call loopholes.
Federal Health Insurance Website Features 'Reset' Button
The Obama administration is renewing its sales push for the president's signature health care law. On Wednesday, officials host a "youth summit" at the White House, where young people will be encouraged to sign up for insurance coverage. Their participation is crucial to help balance out the cost of insuring older, sicker people.
Immigration Debate To Drag Into Next Presidential Election
It's more than likely that overhauling immigration will not happen this year. Congress has only nine working days left in 2013. And it appears, the issue will not be resolved next year either.
Supporters Of Immigration Overhaul Remain Focused
The debate over immigration overhaul is at a standstill in Congress, but activists continue their push to keep the issue in the news. Lobbyists and business leaders have pressed House lawmakers to take action before the end of the year. The Senate passed a bill earlier.
Advertising Push Helps Last Month's Car Sales
November was a better than expected sales month for the auto industry. Carmakers saw their sales go up nearly 9 percent over last year, and the increase had a lot to do with advertising.
Political Divisions Contribute To Limited Electricity In Gaza
After weeks of living with just six hours of electricity a day, residents of the Gaza Strip hope promises of help from Israel and Qatar will materialize quickly. Even if the lights go back on, anger against the broken Palestinian leadership may be hard to extinguish.
Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt
Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this week, the minimum wage there was raised from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh.