The Washington Post Sunday - - TAKING STOCK -

Pres­i­dent Obama, in the State of the Union ad­dress, called on the nation to meet the chal­lenges of the global econ­omy. Fi­nan­cial Cri­sis In­quiry Com­mis­sion, in its fi­nal re­port, con­cluded the 2008 fi­nan­cial cri­sis was “avoid­able.” It said the dis­as­ter was caused by wide­spread fail­ures in govern­ment reg­u­la­tion, cor­po­rate mis­man­age­ment and risk­tak­ing byWall Street. Ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied al­falfa was ap­proved by the United States. Vil­sack re­treats from a pro­posal to re­strict its use. Or­ganic farm­ers worry about crosspol­li­na­tion and its af­fect on their sales. Fan­nie and Fred­die have so far spent $160 mil­lion to de­fend them­selves and for­mer ex­ec­u­tives tied to an ac­count­ing scan­dal. They spent an­other $50 mil­lion on fore­clo­sure lawyers. Supreme Court ruled that em­ploy­ers can be sued if they re­tal­i­ate against a rel­a­tive or as­so­ci­ate of a worker based on a bias claim — the lat­est in a se­ries of worker vic­to­ries in re­tal­i­a­tion cases. In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion ruled against East­man Ko­dak in patentin­fringe­ment com­plaint against Ap­ple and Re­search In­Mo­tion, con­cern­ing technology used in iPhone and Black­Berry de­vices.

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