The Republican White House hopeful is campaigning this week in New Hampshire, a state that has a history of welcoming independent-minded candidates. Huntsman, who's polling at just 3 percent in the state, has a delicate task there: He's trying to set himself apart from the crowded field of GOP candidates — but not too far apart.
The line-jumping states are back again in the 2012 presidential cycle, eager to move their primaries into the limelight of January. That could mean Iowa and New Hampshire also move — into 2011. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins Melissa Block to discuss the primary calendar.
In 2010 President Obama gave a speech at the plant of a solar panel manufacturer in Fremont, Calif., saying "the future is here." That company, called Solyndra, has now declared bankruptcy. Melissa Block speaks with Bay Area business reporter George Avalos about what went wrong.
As President Obama prepares to present his plan to boost employment, House GOP leaders are promising a competing jobs program — one that would repeal or weaken what they call job-killing regulations, especially on the environment.
"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell tells NPR. That's why he said earlier this week that he doesn't yet know whether he'll vote for President Obama again.
Even though Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin isn't on the joint
congressional committee charged with cutting the debt, he's hoping to
have some influence on the process because of his position in Congress.
President Obama recently asked for a joint session of Congress next Wednesday so he could discuss his jobs plan. House Speaker Boehner suggested next Thursday instead, and Obama agreed. Meanwhile, other GOP hopefuls are beginning to offer their own job plans. Host Michel Martin talks politics with author Michael Fauntroy and The Weekly Standard Opinions Editor Matthew Continetti.
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