Some black voters in the Youngstown, Ohio, area are expressing reservations about President Obama this year because of his stance on some social issues that offend their religious beliefs. It's unclear, however, how many will sit home or change their votes as a result.
Are you better off than you were four years ago? That's the question first posed by Ronald Reagan in 1980, and one that Republicans are again using as one of their main arguments against the re-election of President Obama. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz puts the question to two economists, Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum. NPR's Don Gonyea also has the latest from the campaign trail in Florida.
Now that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in charge of raising really big dollars for a superPAC that supports President Obama, wealthy Democrats all over the country may be eyeing their phones nervously. Sources tell NPR that Emanuel will be pushing for donations of $10 million and more.
President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney headed for the politically important states of Iowa and New Hampshire Friday. With the political conventions over and the jobs numbers out, Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon checks in with voters in the swing state of Iowa to see how they're feeling about the candidates.
After the conventions, the presidential candidates are back to wooing voters on a smaller stage. Both President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney traveled to New Hampshire and Iowa Friday. As NPR's Scott Horsley reports, both of their messages were colored by some bad news on the jobs' front.
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