President Obama is visiting Nevada, a state at the center of the foreclosure crisis. His administration has some programs in place to try to help struggling homeowners. But the leading GOP White House hopefuls so far haven't said much about how they would fix the downturn.
Alabama farmers are facing a labor crisis because of the state's new immigration law. So far, piecemeal efforts to match the unemployed or work release inmates to farm jobs are not panning out, and farmers are asking state lawmakers to do something before the spring planting season.
Regardless of how Europe resolves its debt crisis, changes are needed. Like the U.S., Europe's road to recovery is likely to be long and difficult. As European markets get closer to a meltdown and the echoes of the 2008 banking crisis still resonate in the U.S., has anything changed on Wall Street?
European leaders are still working on an agreement aimed at getting ahead of the debt crisis in the euro zone. They were expected to unveil a deal at Sunday's European Union summit in Brussels, but have already said it will take another meeting to do it. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Eric Westervelt.
Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland is a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, otherwise known as the supercommittee. The group is working on a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Host Audie Cornish gets an update from Van Hollen, who played a major role in Vice President Joe Biden's debt talks earlier this year.
While the overall U.S. economy seems to be stuck in neutral, one bright spot is that charitable giving to the arts is up 5 percent more than last year. It's good news, but a new study cautions that much of that support serves audiences that are wealthier and whiter than the country as a whole.
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