Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Florida Tuesday. He delivered an economic speech from a shuttered factory — a studied contrast to the president's State of the Union speech later Tuesday night.
Slab City is a 600-acre chunk of California desert on an abandoned WWII artillery training range, home to long time residents, newcomers and transients. There is no running water, no sewers, and no other comforts of modern day civilization, and the folks of Slab City like that just fine.
In just one year in office, Ohio Gov. John Kasich made some big changes in his state, based on his conservative, business-backed ideas. But he also suffered a massive defeat when the collective bargaining reform law he supported was overwhelmingly rejected by voters. But that's not stopping him from pushing forward with new ideas in his second year.
Mitt Romney released his tax returns for 2010 and 2011, after earlier suggesting he would wait until after winning the Republican nomination. While Romney's total tax bill was in the millions, his tax rate was actually lower than that of many middle-class Americans.
NPR's Scott Horsley previews Tuesday night's State of the Union Address with Melissa Block. President Obama will outline what he describes as four pillars of a strong economy: manufacturing, energy, worker training, and the American values of fairness and responsibility.
Davos, Switzerland, is the glamorous place where about 2,600 wealthy business executives, top political leaders, central bankers and closely followed economists gather this week. They will discuss ways to hold off a potentially disastrous European financial meltdown that would threaten world growth.
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.
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