After being dragged down by the congressional debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling last summer, the president remained largely silent on the supercommittee. Though the GOP has criticized the president for what they call "failed leadership," it's unclear whether his immediate involvement would have been helpful.
Occupy Wall Street makes some bold demands, including forgiveness of student debt. It's not likely to happen, but there is growing concern that student debt is out of hand. Is the government doing all it can to keep debt problems at a minimum?
Failure of the supercommittee to find the $1.2 trillion in cuts it was charged to identify are expected to trigger automatic budget cuts that start in 2013. Meanwhile, many in Congress assumed the group would include in its bill extensions of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits — both of which will expire at the end of December unless Congress acts to extend them. NPR's Tamara Keith speaks to Robert Siegel with the latest from Capitol Hill.
The fallout continues at University of California, Davis, after police pepper-sprayed student protesters late last week. The officers have been placed on leave, and officials are promising an investigation.
The mountain of debt accumulated by Greece and Italy crushed those countries' prime ministers. Spain, too, is ushering in new leadership after Sunday's parliamentary elections. Spaniard Jorge Belena says, "All politicians are very boring," but incoming Prime Minister Mariano Rajo is "especially boring."
The electric car was just as popular as its gasoline counterpart when it first went into production around the turn of the 20th century. But with the advent of highways, people wanted to go farther than their battery life allowed. Today's electric cars face similar challenges.
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