Some of the more interesting and important items for March 17th :
- Government Conspiracy To Lowball Inflation? – Great Speculations – Buys, holds, and hopes – Forbes – Does the Federal government have a reason to lowball inflation? Is there a conspiracy? Recently, European Central Bank Chairman Jean-Claude Trichet commented that the central banks around the world are starting to pay attention to rising inflation.
- House votes to block funding to NPR – MarketWatch – WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – The House on Thursday voted to prohibit all government funding for public radio operator NPR and its affiliates in a partisan move that is not expected to be approved into law because it doesn't have the support of Democrats. The bill passed by a 228-192 vote, with no Democrats voting for it. The bill would also prohibit NPR from applying for grants offered by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other federal agencies.
- WHO issues guidelines on radiation exposure | Reuters – (Reuters) – In the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued fresh guidelines on how to minimize exposure to radiation that can cause cancers, especially in children and young adults.
- Diet Coke outfizzes Pepsi as No. 2 US soda – Yahoo! Finance – Diet Coke bubbled up into the second spot in the U.S. soft drink market, ending Pepsi's decades-long run as the perennial runner-up to regular Coca-Cola.
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