President Obama began a three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia Monday. The president plans to continue his push for Congress to take up at least portions of his jobs proposal. He's doing so in two traditionally red states that he narrowly won in 2008. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.
The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
Toyota, which has suffered through a bout of recalls and the Japan earthquake, is pinning its hopes for the future on its crown jewel, the top-selling car in the U.S. The new 2012 model isn't radically different from its predecessor, but it's harder to redesign the mass-appeal Camry than a Ferrari.
The union representing the nation's letter carriers has hired a former Obama administration adviser as it faces proposals that could lead to layoffs of thousands of its members. Ron Bloom oversaw the administration's auto industry task force. His hiring by the National Association of Letter Carriers comes as the union is negotiating a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service, which cannot find a way to make delivering mail by hand profitable. It is losing billions of dollars and is considering drastic steps to cut costs.
A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.
Though some people have had success landing jobs in recent months, millions of Americans are still out of work. But many older people are finding it particularly difficult to get hired. Some say age discrimination is a key factor working against them.
How does the Massachusetts health care plan passed under Gov. Mitt Romney stack up against the federal plan signed by President Obama? Five ways "Romneycare" and "Obamacare" are similar — and five key differences.
The Occupy Wall Street protests reached the one-month mark, and spread to cities around the world. Demonstrators march against greedy bankers, politicians, government cuts and the growing gap between rich and poor, among other issues. They have raised nearly $300,000, but many wonder: To what end?
So-called "middle market" companies added 2 million workers in recent years. The middle market includes businesses with annual sales between $10 million and $1 billion. Despite their growth, they tend to lack the lobbyists, government supporters and associations that small and big businesses enjoy.
In farm communities, there are mixed feelings on conservation payments. Farmer Don Teske, of Wheaton, Kansas, says "the perception is that you're being paid to do nothing." They don't want to be park rangers, they want to farm.
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