With the nation facing the specter of a renewed recession and Washington virtually paralyzed by partisan gridlock, President Obama sought to pressure GOP lawmakers in his speech to a joint session of Congress. He dared the Republican-led House to block his proposals for a new stimulus of targeted tax cuts and spending.
Robert Siegel talks to economists Phillip Swagel, a former assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department, and Christina Romer, President Obama's first chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
President Obama is slated to present his plan for job creation Thursday night. For more, Robert Siegel turns to NPR's Mara Liasson, NPR's Scott Horsley from the White House and NPR's Andrea Seabrook from the House chamber.
The president says there is "nothing controversial" in his latest jobs program. It's time, he says, to "actually do something to help the economy." And he's laying out a plan he says has bipartisan appeal.
The congressional "supercommittee" tasked with slashing more than $1 trillion from the deficit met Thursday for the first time. Should the bipartisan panel fail in its mission, there are stiff consequences.
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