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Democratic Convention Draws Troubled Homeowners

As Democrats gather for their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., troubled homeowners have also converged on the city. They have come to voice their dissatisfaction with how the Obama administration and the nation's big banks have handled the foreclosure crisis.

Journalist Evaluates Obama, Romney Economic Plans

New York Times Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt compares Obama's and Romney's tax plans, Medicare plans and conflicting claims on whether Americans are better off now than four years ago. "I think it's fair to say the typical American household isn't better off, but the country is," he tells Fresh Air.

Nearly 18 Million U.S. Households Had Trouble Getting Food Last Year

There was a slight increase in the number of households where lack of money or other resources made getting food difficult at times.
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Spotlight On Charlotte

North Carolina's fastest-growing city is in the spotlight this week as host of the Democratic National Convention. We look at what makes Charlotte tick and how the city is handling the deluge of delegates, protesters, media and VIPs.


Payroll Tax Holiday May Not Survive Year's End

Since January 2011, the government has knocked 2 percentage points off the payroll tax, which funds Social Security. But even as the economy appears to still be in a rut, there's little appetite to extend the tax holiday and its $95 billion price tag.

'Quite Good' May Not Be Good Enough For GM

By some measures, General Motors is doing fine post-bailout and post-bankruptcy. The company is profitable and makes better cars than it did a generation ago. But its stock price is down sharply, and it still doesn't have a blockbuster car like its competitors Toyota, Honda and Ford.