A year ago at this time, Congress was battling over whether to raise the debt ceiling. They tied their own hands, saying they would come up with a solution or massive cuts would set in automatically. Then nothing happened. And the chances of anything changing before the election are slim to none.
In Las Cruces, a candy shop whips up nut brittle made with red and green chili powder almost daily. Luis Flores' parents started in the candy business four decades ago. Today, you'll find his spicy brittle in farmer's markets and gift shops across the Southwest.
The first full day of Olympic competition brought moments of tense excitement, in the pool and on the archery course, among other places. But it's also time to look ahead to Sunday, which promises a day for swimming, as well as women's gymnastics, which begins qualifying rounds.
Though more Americans go to church or believe in God than their counterparts in virtually every other Western country, fewer Americans now trust religious institutions. A recent Gallup poll showed that just 44 percent of Americans have a great deal of confidence in "the church or organized religion."
Ryan Lochte won the first U.S. gold at the London Games, in the 400m individual medley. And on the first day of full competition in the 2012 Summer Olympics, the U.S. men's archery team won a silver medal, after a tense final with Italy.
Among the parade of athletes during Friday night's ceremony, several outfits screamed for attention. Some shouted national pride, while others just called for a costume change. Tell us who you think should win our fashion contests.
The London Olympics are in full swing, after an opening ceremony Friday that was chock-full of historic and cultural imagery drawn from Britain's past. Critics are gushing over Queen Elizabeth's role in the spectacle — along with James Bond. But there is room for debate — especially among viewers here in the U.S.
U.S. swimmer Dana Vollmer set new Olympic and U.S. records in her 100m butterfly qualifying heat this morning. And this afternoon, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will swim in the final of the 400m individual medley.
Mitt Romney is set to depart from London Saturday, after three days of photo ops and closed meetings. But his assessment of London's handling of the games drew a rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. Host Scott Simon chats with Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman about the visit and the perceptions formed by Romney's hosts.
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