The Obama administration wants 10 percent — or $450 billion — in defense cuts over the next decade. It's the first time since 2001 that the Defense Department has had to fight for funding. That has meant lobbying Congress and even going to the public for support.
At first, the complaint from the left was that news organizations had ignored the movement. But as they swung their gaze, journalists weren't quite sure how to characterize what they saw. Lacking easy labels, Occupy Wall Street proved difficult for the media to categorize — and to cover.
On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has gone silent for the past month. The 12 members have been meeting behind closed doors — sometimes all together, sometimes in smaller groups — to try to hammer out a deal on future budget cuts.
Even with many looking for work, some employers say they just can't find the right people to hire. The problem hit the trucking industry, prompting one company to offer driving schools with the promise of a job upon completion. But other open jobs require more training, making them harder to fill.
At 11.1 percent, South Carolina is tied for the fourth-highest unemployment rate in the country. Its small, conservative town of Spartanburg was hit hard in the past few years when the textile industry moved overseas. Now residents are seeking ways to make ends meet — from going to the food bank to getting their GEDs.
After years of turmoil from a flailing auto industry, dwindling population and crumbling infrastructure, there are signs of hope in Detroit. Car makers are making money, home values are rising, and the Lions and Tigers are winning. But Detroit faces a long-term struggle to reinvent itself.
President Obama had a tough summer in the polls, but not in the fundraising world. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they raised $70 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Meanwhile, former pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the GOP field in the latest polling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson, who analyzes the numbers.
Thursday is opening night for Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning play about Martin Luther King Jr. and his encounter with a chamber maid in Memphis the night before his assassination. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, The Mountaintop is probably the most anticipated play of the fall season.
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