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There’s some sobering news Friday about the still sputtering economy, and the repercussions of errant federal policies on the nation’s future. It doesn’t bode well, and everyone from single impoverished mothers to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman are worried. So why does nothing get fixed?

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Decades of neuropsychology research have given Target the ability to predict customers’ shopping habits with increasing precision. The company’s statistical team can even tell when shoppers are likely to be in their second trimester of pregnancy. Combined with aggressive marketing tactics, such powers promise to add millions to its already swollen revenues.

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American corporations are pushing the use of peer pressure to sell products to a new level as they hire roughly 10,000 college students around the country to work as brand ambassadors to their friends and acquaintances this year. (more)

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At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 23 million Americans behind bars This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime (more).

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So, Lady Gaga struck a deal with Target to release a special version of her new album, "Born This Way," which rankled some of her core devotees, as the retail giant had made a supersized slip-up in the political arena with contributions to a political action committee .

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