With budgets tight, the court in San Joaquin County, Calif., stopped hearing all small claims cases in September. More than 800 people have since filed claims with no hearing dates in sight. Many other counties nationwide are experiencing similar delays for civil cases as they grapple with spending cuts.
Jobs and the economy dominated political discussion during the election year, but have since been forgotten. Even before the current outbreak of scandals, it was clear Washington preferred to talk about other issues.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently shot beyond 15,000 points for the first time ever. But to ordinary Americans, it might not seem relevant — given unemployment rates and stagnant wages. Host Michel Martin speaks with personal finance guru Alvin Hall about why the stock market matters.
Ben Bernanke has been Federal Reserve chairman for some of the most tumultuous years in the Fed's 100-year history. His second, four-year term expires in January. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about who might succeed Bernanke, and what challenges the new Fed chief might face.
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