NBC's Mike Taibbi brought us the jubilation of the Putnams and the St Johns of Brattleboro Vt. They are a pair of families that own Main Street hardware stores, one ACE, one True-Value. A Home Depot opened four years ago and threatened to drive them out of business--but the big box failed first, laying off 80 employees. "No one is cheering that," Taibbi reassured us…Mary Hunt "is in a peculiar position," CBS' Richard Schlesinger observed. "The worse the economy does, the better she does on the lecture circuit." Hunt is a shopaholic turned personal finance guru, who tells the tale of working off $100,000 in bills over 13 years. Now she will do even better, thanks to CBS' free publicity for her book Debt-Proof Living…Time grabbed free publicity for its 100 Most Influential People list from NBC's In Depth. From Baghdad, Richard Engel profile one of the hundred, Madhiha al-Mosuwi, who heads a charity that helps 30,000 internally-displaced war refugees. That is 30,000 out of a total of 2.7m. "The only solution for Iraq is to get people back in their homes," she told Engel.
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