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.
Brazil has discovered enormous oil fields 200 miles off its coast. The country is in the midst of a debate about who should benefit from the revenues. But analysts predict its economy will better be able to handle an influx of oil than many other countries.
Sources familiar with what the White House is considering tell the AP the president will call for a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Republican leaders ask for a meeting with Obama.
Christopher Mayer, and economist at Columbia University, talks to Steve Inskeep about his top fix for the economy. Mayer thinks homeowners with mortgages through Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac should be able to refinance their homes at lower interest rates, regardless of their credit score.
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