On Capitol Hill, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has gone silent for the past month. The 12 members have been meeting behind closed doors — sometimes all together, sometimes in smaller groups — to try to hammer out a deal on future budget cuts.
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who has surged to the top of some national presidential preference polls, told NPR's Scott Simon that his fundraising has increased 20-fold in the past few weeks, and he is hiring more, much-needed staff.
President Obama had a tough summer in the polls, but not in the fundraising world. His campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they raised $70 million for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Meanwhile, former pizza CEO Herman Cain leads the GOP field in the latest polling. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson, who analyzes the numbers.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives him an advantage over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The usual caveats apply: It's still very early in the race and the polls have relatively large margins of error.
Republican donor Ray Washburne was a major contributor to George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and he was the national finance chairman for Tim Pawlenty. But when Pawlenty pulled out of the presidential race, Washburne tells Steve Inskeep that it took some time before deciding to back Mitt Romney's campaign.
The city of Harrisburg has filed for municipal bankruptcy and is entering uncharted legal waters. Pennsylvania's capital is mired in more than $300 million of debt related to a botched trash incinerator project.
By calling Mormonism a "cult," an evangelical pastor recently sparked a bitter debate over religious prejudice and traditional doctrine. But while many evangelicals don't believe that Mormonism is Christian, they say they share conservative social values and would stand behind a Mormon — such as Mitt Romney — for president.
Congress voted to approve three much-delayed free trade deals with Panama, Colombia and South Korea. The Obama administration and supporters in Congress have labeled these agreements as jobs bills, though there are questions about how many jobs will really be created.
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