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.
Health care, Social Security and job creation records were all part of Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif. Robert Siegel fact checks some of their statements with NPR's Tamara Keith, NPR's Julie Rovner and NPR's Richard Harris.
President Obama is slated to present his jobs plan Thursday evening. Among those perhaps most eager to hear the president's ideas are residents of Nevada, where the unemployment rate is the highest in the country. Nevada voters talk about jobs, the economy and their hopes for Washington.
It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate.
The three-term governor who touts his record of job creation in Texas faced tough questions at Wednesday's presidential debate about the fuller picture of the state under his leadership. And that picture, as much as anything else, may resonate with a national audience seeing him for the first time.
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