Guy Raz speaks to Republican Rep. Charles Bass of New Hampshire about the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the "Supercommittee." On Wednesday, Bass — along with 39 other Republicans — signed a letter urging the committee to put all options for spending and revenues on the table.
On balance, the latest jobs report suggests the economy is continuing to grow, though modestly. But a closer look at retail employment suggests this may be a gloomy holiday season for people who want seasonal jobs.
One of the most eagerly anticipated share offerings of the year is set for Friday. The internet daily deal site Groupon plans to sell some shares in an initial public offering. The IPO is priced at $20 a share. Investors are watching to see if the market sends that price soaring, as it has with other dot-com IPOs.
Prime Minister George Papandreou has backed down from a referendum on the European Union bailout package and he faces a vote of confidence Friday. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells host Steve Inskeep his future is uncertain.
Swat Valley was once Pakistan's premier vacation spot. The area is trying to regain its appeal after regional conflict and massive floods. Co-hosts Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report on an effort underway to rebuild Swat Valley's economy.
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