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Did Obama's Policies Help, Or Hinder, The Economy?

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of making the recession worse. Unemployment is still high, but the president's defenders say the economy would be worse off if not for measures taken by the administration.

One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions

To cope with the hard times, millions of families have pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. An NPR series explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love.

After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta travels to Brussels this week to meet with NATO ministers. The U.S. is desperate to get NATO countries to pony up more money for Afghanistan, to keep the security effort from collapsing once NATO pulls out and Afghan forces take over.

Still Mail Your Tax Returns? So Do Some Other Die-Hards

Fewer and fewer taxpayers still use the mail to file their returns. But for some, it's the only way they'll do it.

Bigger, Taller, Stronger: Guns Change What You See

In a recent study, participants were shown photos of hands holding various items, including a gun. When asked to guess the size of the men behind the photos, the gun-wielding models were consistently identified as bigger than the rest.

Last Mega Millions Jackpot Ticket Turned In

Three winning tickets were sold for the record $656 million jackpot. They've now all been turned in. We'll learn who the Illinois winner is on Wednesday, officials say.

House Investigator Issa Has Faced Allegations As Well

The man driving the investigation into the GSA is Republican Darrell Issa. He took the top seat on the House oversight committee after the GOP won the majority. Over the past year and a half, Issa has led several splashy investigations. But he's also been dogged by allegations of his own.

Michelle Obama: 'I Don't Have The Stressful Job. He Does'

First Lady Michelle Obama disagreed with Tell Me More host Michel Martin's premise that her life in the White House is stressful. She said she gets to work on the issues she cares about and suggested she's surrounded by many supportive people who care for her family. It's President Obama who has the stress, she said, though adding that he handles it well.

7 'Great Locations' To See Space Shuttle Discovery Fly By On Tuesday

For those who will be in the Washington, D.C., area Tuesday morning and would like to see space shuttle Discovery on the "fly-in" to its retirement home, the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum has some recommended viewing spots.