1. INFLATION

    Highest Gas Prices in the Nation

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    Think your last fill-up was bad? Just be glad you don’t live in Hana, Hawaii. Residents and visitors to the tiny but scenic town have passed a milestone, reaching $6.03 per gallon. And Furnace Creek Resort in California’s Death Valley is just a little over a quarter behind, at $5.75 per gallon. Notwithstanding the sudden shift of attention to the death of Osama bin Laden, gas prices are becoming a major political issue that could shape the landscape ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Across the country, consumers are increasingly focused on the price of filling up the tank.

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