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Economist: U.S. Skating On Thin Ice

Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute says all of his economic indicators point to more sputtering ahead. "The risk of a new recession is quite high," he says.

Europeans Split Over Debt Crisis

After another week of financial turmoil in Europe, there was little hope that the Eurozone debt crisis is any closer to being resolved. NPR's Eric Westervelt in Berlin and Sylvia Poggioli in Athens join host Scott Simon to discuss how northern and southern Europeans differ in their attitudes to the debt crisis in Europe.

Shrinking Budgets Put School Support On The Block

Across the country, a group of education administrators, known as regional superintendents, are seeing their budgets shrink. These administrators are involved in providing services like teacher certification and other support for school districts. In Illinois, the state's 44 regional superintendents have been working without pay since the governor zeroed out their funding in July. Maria Altman of St. Louis Public Radio reports that the issue of whether or not these officials are needed at all is coming to a head.

Why Some Men Earn Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago

Back then, the median male American worker earned just over $49,000 when adjusted for inflation, while in 2010 that worker made about $1,500 less. Back then, blue-collar workers had two things going for them that they no longer have.

'Shop Talk': Jobs, Poverty, Perry

This week, House Speaker Boehner acknowledged some common ground between his jobs plan and the president's plan, but said Obama's program doesn't quite add up. Also, the U.S. Census Bureau reported the latest poverty figures, and Tyler Perry was reported as the highest paid man in Hollywood.

Political Chat: Boehner's Answer To Jobs Crisis

This week, House Speaker Boehner responded to President Obama's jobs plan; Republicans won both special congressional elections in New York and Nevada; and a former Obama administration member announced her bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts. GOP strategist Ron Christie and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker weigh in.

GOP, Obama Want Panel To Find Funds For Jobs Plan

President Obama will send his recommendations regarding his jobs proposal to the supercommittee on Monday. On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner asked the group not to consider raising taxes to fund a jobs measure.