The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma is risking millions in federal funding after its decision to expel about 2,800 African-American members. Known as Freedmen, these members are descendants of slaves owned by Cherokees, and some wonder if the move is racist.
President Barack Obama's deficit-reduction plan seeks to reduce the federal deficit by more than $3 trillion over a decade. NPR's Ron Elving describes the details of the plan and the politics surrounding its reception — and its possible fate — in Washington.
ANALYSIS: If the 2012 election is a referendum on President Obama, it could be curtains for his hopes of a second term because the economy is making too many voters unhappy. But if it's a choice, Obama could win by persuading enough voters that his approach with a balance of spending cuts and higher taxes on the wealthy is closer to their values.
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