As the hours tick away toward Tuesday evening's first important contest of the 2012 presidential election season, the frontrunners are looking to hold their positions and the rest are trying to survive to fight again next week In New Hampshire.
While the other GOP contenders focus on Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the former Utah governor continues to concentrate on next week's New Hampshire primary. But he's going to have company in the Granite State very soon.
The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.
While all focus on has been on the future of the White House, the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance of 2012 as well. Host Audie Cornish talks with Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report about what's at stake in the U.S. Senate.
One of the biggest political question marks going into 2012 is the fate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Audie Cornish speaks with Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times about what's ahead for Americans in terms of health care in the new year, including a constitutional challenge to the law's mandatory health care provision.
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