The two economies, on either side of the Atlantic, are closely linked. Widening European debt troubles are undermining U.S. stock prices and increasing the odds of a global recession. But the problems won't be easy to fix because they're tied to the way the European Union is structured.
Morning Edition has been asking business people for their one idea on how to help fix a part of the economy. Tim Brown, CEO of the design firm IDEO, talks to Steve Inskeep about his idea of reviving apprenticeships.
President Obama, in a joint session of Congress Thursday night, will announce his plan to get more Americans working. David Greene speaks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the challenges Obama faces promoting a jobs program and reviving the economy.
The president's jobs proposal is expected to include a combination of new and extended tax cuts, new spending on public works projects, and assistance for those who've been out of work a long time. But he's dogged by the controversy that surrounds his early stimulus effort.
President Obama will be addressing a house deeply divided when he goes before Congress on Thursday night. Many fellow Democrats hope to hear a speech filled with bold proposals to rally a dispirited nation. Republicans have their own plan, which revolves largely around legislation to knock down new and proposed labor and environmental rules.
Despite the bad economy, the number of Americans who struggled to get enough to eat did not grow last year, and in some cases declined, according to new government data. Still, a near-record number — almost 49 million people — were affected.
During President Obama's jobs speech, Green Bay Packers fans will be preparing to watch the home team play. The Packers take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFL season opener. We know fans are excited about the game. But some people in Green Bay are just as eager to hear Obama's proposals.
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