A recent poll confirms that the youngest voters are more likely to support President Obama than Republican Mitt Romney. So when Urban Outfitters unveiled a line of Romney T-shirts, the decision immediately generated a buzz.
At the annual National Governors Association meeting, health care is a hot agenda item. State leaders are at odds with one another over the Affordable Care Act, and some who oppose the law won't yet say whether they'll use federal funds to expand Medicaid programs.
Massachusetts physician Jill Stein won her party's nomination for president of the United States in Baltimore on Saturday. Stein calls her platform the Green New Deal, and it promises a series of emergency reforms.
Yuma, Ariz., along the Mexican border, has the country's highest jobless rate, at 28.9 percent — more than three times the national rate. Bismarck, N.D., has the lowest rate, at just 2.5 percent. Both communities are struggling with the realities of those economic extremes.
For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
The National Governors Association holds its annual meeting this weekend in Williamsburg, Va. Revenue in most states has been steadily decreasing, and weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Massachusetts' Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal about the different approaches they're taking to help their states recover from the recession.
Oregon is one of the states that's furthest along in setting up its health insurance exchange. But the exchange's executive director, Rocky King, still has much work ahead if that state is to meet the federal deadlines that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz checks back in with King about the challenges Oregon faces to finish its exchange by 2014.
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