There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.
We've heard the warnings of a looming economic disaster if Congress fails to avert a "fiscal cliff" by the end of the year. Economists hope lawmakers will act after November's election, but what if Congress runs out of time?
A Des Moines couple learned of a sudden change to their wedding. The president held a campaign rally at the same location, according to WOI TV. After the disruption, the couple received a gift bag with a silver tray and a note from Barack Obama.
The Census Bureau has released the results of the American Community Survey. The bad news is that poverty is up. Nearly 16 percent of Americans live below the poverty line. Median household income is down too. The good news is that declines are not as steep as the depths of the recession.
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