The hotly-contested Republican primary has gotten a lot of attention lately. Tuesday night, President Obama has a chance to reclaim the spotlight. He's delivering his annual State of the Union address. It's a high-profile platform for the president as he tries to frame the choice facing voters in November.
One of the biggest issues in the Florida GOP primary race is housing. Mitt Romney is attacking Newt Gingrich's work for the housing giant Freddie Mac. This issue is not just a political talking point though. Three years after the economic collapse, foreclosures continue to affect real people every day in an extremely personal way.
Several states are now pushing forward with plans to offer lotteries on the Internet. That's in the aftermath of a federal ruling that states are free to conduct online gambling within their borders. But some worry it opens the door to new bankruptcies and addicted gamblers.
Students graduating from college are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. Melanie Singer was among them. When she graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in accounting, she thought it would be easy to find a job; it turned out to be anything but.
When President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday, the economy will be a top issue — as will the housing market, which is still at the heart of the country's economic problems. New housing starts are still low and foreclosure prevention efforts haven't done as much as hoped.
Over the past half-century more than 20 million acres of U.S. farmland were transformed into housing developments. With new home construction all but stopped, farmers in many areas are buying or leasing land once slated for development and planting crops on it.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined with other state attorneys general last year who were suing five large mortgage servicers. But he was disturbed by the shape of the agreement, and says banks wanted broad protection from lawsuits over other mortgage practices. So he started his own investigation.
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