Both President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made general-election-esque speeches this week, further closing the gap between the two men in the upcoming presidential election. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about the news that made headlines this week.
Bitter debates about the national debt date back to the earliest days of the Republic, economist Simon Johnson says. Back then, the nation's failure to borrow was the problem. In White House Burning, Johnson and co-author James Kwack explore the meaning of the national debt and prospects for managing it.
Mitt Romney and the other Republican candidates face another primary day Tuesday, with contests in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin. The biggest of the three nominating contests is in Wisconsin, where the winner will get all the delegates.
Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Corey Dade about the Trayvon Martin case and Stand Your Ground laws, and Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
The law known as "Obamacare," now in the hands of the Supreme Court, might have become anathema to all Republicans, but the ideas at its heart were meant to be a moderate, practical answer to the pressure for more government involvement.
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