After his remarks about rape and pregnancy, Missouri Republican Todd Akin faces an uphill climb in his Senate contest against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. One expert says that to attract moderate voters, Akin must steer the conversation to the economy.
A state ballot initiative would strengthen penalties for those involved in the sex trafficking of women and children. In Los Angeles, a major hub for child sex trafficking, the average age of victims is 13. Some who escape the life are rescued by group homes; others wind up at juvenile hall.
Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of President Clinton's welfare overhaul. Republican Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama has gutted the law — even though every major fact-checking organization says the claims are false.
A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. But several grass-roots groups around the country are working to turn food waste into something useful.
Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.
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