Crossroads GPS, an anti-Obama group co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, is shifting its ad strategy. It's going from so-called issue ads that purportedly educated voters on why the president was wrong on issues to directly urging for voters to vote against him.
Americans give billions to charity each year. But an investigative report has found one large, for-profit telemarketing company has kept a large percentage of the funds it has raised for charities — while also misrepresenting to donors how their contributions would be used.
The government says that the poverty rate for 2011 was 15 percent, essentially unchanged from the year before. That still means that more than 46 million people lived below the poverty line last year. According to one economist, "the bad news isn't as bad as it has been."
An anti-Muslim film is being blamed for eruptions of violence in the Middle East, including an attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four people. The film's producer has disappeared. His identity as well as the film's financing and promotion are shrouded in secrecy.
Portland, Ore., is the largest American city not to add fluoride to its drinking water. Activists have been vocal, for and against a proposal to change that. The science shows that fears of side effects from small amounts of fluoride to protect teeth are unfounded.
At the center of the Chicago teachers' strike are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the head of the teachers' union, Karen Lewis. To learn more about Lewis and the relationship between the teachers' union and the mayor's office, Audie Cornish talks to Joel Hood, education reporter at the Chicago Tribune.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya killed four American diplomats, including the ambassador. Reaction in Washington, D.C., to the attack has focused attention on security for American envoys abroad.
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