Gov. Mitt Romney started his campaign calling for big tax breaks for the middle class. Over time his goals for those breaks have expanded to maintaining the government's flow of income and creating jobs. In the end, will a middle-class tax cut still be possible?
This week, defense contractors said they would not issue layoff warnings, even though looming budget cuts could lead to big job losses in 2013. That's led to charges that the White House overstepped when it told the industry the notices are not needed.
To this day, getting a third-party candidate into a presidential debate is practically impossible. So we invited two of the third-party candidates — Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein from the Green Party — to a debate of our own.
Host Scott Simon catches up with two CEOs who shared their views on economy recovery and hiring trends a few months ago. In light of Friday's report, Simon speaks with Christopher M. Gorman, CEO of KeyBank in Cleveland, and Lynn Ann Casey, CEO at Arc Aspicio.
This past week, baseball player Adam Greenberg signed a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins. In 2005, during his first major league game, Greenberg was hit in the back of a head by a baseball and spent the rest of the season on the disabled list. Host Scott Simon has this reflection.
Mitt Romney had just more than a day to relish his presidential debate win before the September unemployment figures forced him to recalibrate. High unemployment has been Romney's main argument for why voters should fire President Obama. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Friday Romney argued the new numbers don't tell the whole story.
The government's monthly jobs report showed a surprising drop in the unemployment rate, down to 7.8 percent. The rate fell even though the number of jobs added to the business payrolls didn't increase much. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports on analyst's reaction to the news.
Amid steady rain at a campaign rally in Cleveland Friday, President Obama had some sunny economic news to share. The unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since he took office. NPR's Scott Horsley reports from the campaign trail.
Nearly two-dozen states are watching for new cases of a rare kind of meningitis, caused by fungal contamination in injections for back pain. The outbreak apparently started when a Massachusetts compounding company sent out 17,000 doses of infected injections for back pain. Daniel Potter of member station WPLN reports five people have died and dozens of others are sick.
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