President Obama returns to Washington Sunday after an unusually long, 10-day trip to Asia. The president is keen to spread the word that the U.S. is shifting its focus to the region, which he sees as a major source for economic growth and new U.S. jobs in the coming century. Host Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Bali, Indonesia, about what the trip achieved.
Six of the presidential candidates gathered in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday for a roundtable discussion. The event, sponsored by the state's leading conservative Christian political force, did not touch on the economy, and at times had an emotional and confessional tone.
Six GOP presidential candidates vying for the support of social conservatives took part in a wide-ranging forum that featured discussion over abortion, gay marriage and the role of religion in public life. But notably absent was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who declined the invitation.
The bipartisan supercommittee enters the final weekend prior to its Nov. 23 deadline with little tangible progress to show for over two months of work. NPR's Andrea Seabrook tells guest host Linda Wertheimer that several of its members are huddling in Washington this weekend, trying to come up with a way to reduce the government's budget deficit.
It's a politics-filled Saturday as Republicans hold a presidential candidate forum and the Democrats have their Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. This year's dinner features Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the keynote speaker; four years ago the dinner launched then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy into high gear. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the events.
The European debt crisis has driven politicians in Italy and Greece to turn to technocrats for leadership. What exactly is a technocrat? Will they be the silver bullets needed to help lift Europe out of its economic quagmire? Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets some answers from political scientists.
Foreign aid is being attacked by presidential candidates and members of Congress. It looks certain that assistance to other countries, which makes up a miniscule percentage of the overall budget, is about to be cut even further.
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