Inflation Photos on Townhall

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              Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he

    Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he

    Posted: 10/9/2012 6:09:07 PM EST
    Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he plans to make a record-breaking skydive Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Baumgartner, 43, will attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body in a death-defying 23-mile free fall – an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 – which will deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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              Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he

    Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he

    Posted: 10/9/2012 6:09:07 PM EST
    Dawn light begins to show over the balloon capsule in Roswell, N.M., prior to the inflation of the balloon that will lift Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of 120,000 feet, from which he plans to make a record-breaking skydive Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Baumgartner, 43, will attempt to break the speed of sound with his own body in a death-defying 23-mile free fall – an altitude chosen to enable him to achieve Mach 1 – which will deliver scientific data to the aerospace community about human survival from high altitudes. (AP Photo/Matt York)
  •  - File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh

    File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:41:36 AM EST
    EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. The Phase 6, Phase 7 and Phase 8 gas refineries are seen in Assalouyeh, 1,000 km (621 miles) south of Tehran, in this January 27, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files
  •  - File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh

    File photo of gas refineries in Assalouyeh

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:41:36 AM EST
    EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in Tehran. The Phase 6, Phase 7 and Phase 8 gas refineries are seen in Assalouyeh, 1,000 km (621 miles) south of Tehran, in this January 27, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files
  •  - File photo of robots working on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro

    File photo of robots working on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:40:41 AM EST
    Robots work on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro, west of Tehran, in this June 19, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files
  •  - File photo of robots working on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro

    File photo of robots working on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:40:41 AM EST
    Robots work on a production line of carmaker Iran Khodro, west of Tehran, in this June 19, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files
  •  - File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district

    File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:36:44 AM EST
    EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. A customer buys Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district in this October 24, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. IRAN-UNEMPLOYMENT/ REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files (
  •  - File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district

    File photo of a customer buying Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district

    Posted: 9/19/2012 10:36:44 AM EST
    EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran. A customer buys Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange office in Tehran's business district in this October 24, 2011 file photo. Iranians are reeling under tough economic sanctions imposed by Western countries since the start of the year over the Islamic Republic's pursuit of its nuclear programme, which Washington says is a drive to develop a weapons capability. Inflation is running at 25 percent officially, and could in reality be double that, economists say, and hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs as trade embargoes have curbed export prospects and made it difficult for many Iranian companies to obtain vital raw materials. IRAN-UNEMPLOYMENT/ REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/Files (
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              FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from Chi

    FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from Chi

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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              FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from Chi

    FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from Chi

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this Friday Sept. 2, 2011, file photo, a freighter is docked at the container terminal at a port in Qingdao, in east China's Shandong province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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              FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ch

    FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ch

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ch

    FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Ch

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this June 19, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks as he attends a bilateral meeting with China’s President Hu Jintao during the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and help

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and help

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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              FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and help

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and help

    Posted: 9/18/2012 2:48:34 AM EST
    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2011, file photo, a truck leaves a port in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Cheap imports of goods from China have benefited American consumers and helped keep inflation down. But those imports have hurt American manufacturers, and many U.S.-based companies outsource production to China to cut costs, which has also caused U.S. job losses. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China, the world's second largest economy. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT
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              In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expe

    In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expe

    Posted: 9/14/2012 10:13:30 AM EST
    In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expensive gas drove up U.S. consumer prices in August by the most in three years. But outside energy, inflation was tame. The Labor Department says consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
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              In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expe

    In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expe

    Posted: 9/14/2012 10:13:30 AM EST
    In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, shoppers at a Target store in Chicago check the receipts of their purchases. According to the Labor Department, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, more expensive gas drove up U.S. consumer prices in August by the most in three years. But outside energy, inflation was tame. The Labor Department says consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent last month, the first increase since March. Higher gas prices accounted for 80 percent of the increase. Food prices rose 0.2 percent. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
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              A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared w

    A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared w

    Posted: 9/10/2012 10:13:26 AM EST
    A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared with a year earlier, complicating efforts by the government to revive growth with further stimulus measures. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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              A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared w

    A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared w

    Posted: 9/10/2012 10:13:26 AM EST
    A vendor pushes a cart selling fried buns at a Hutong alley in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared with a year earlier, complicating efforts by the government to revive growth with further stimulus measures. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
  •  - A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang

    A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang

    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:10:18 AM EST
    A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang September 9, 2012. China's annual rate of consumer inflation ticked up t o 2.0 percent in August from July's 30-month low of 1.8 percent, official data showed on Sunday, suggesting that room to ease monetary policy to shore up growth may be narrowing. REUTERS/Stringer
  •  - A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang

    A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang

    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:10:18 AM EST
    A vendor waits for customers inside his stationery stall in Shenyang September 9, 2012. China's annual rate of consumer inflation ticked up t o 2.0 percent in August from July's 30-month low of 1.8 percent, official data showed on Sunday, suggesting that room to ease monetary policy to shore up growth may be narrowing. REUTERS/Stringer