On the brink of failure, members of the bipartisan deficit-cutting panel blamed each other Sunday for the intransigence that has gridlocked the panel in its quest to cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the coming decade. The panel has until Wednesday to vote on the deal.
The supercommittee, charged with cutting federal deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade, is down to the final days before its Nov. 23 deadline, and the group appears to be at an impasse. NPR's Tamara Keith and Mara Liasson talk with host Audie Cornish to explain both the economic and political consequences of supercommittee success or failure.
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.
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