The last American troops are coming home from Iraq this month, and President Obama is marking the occasion with a series of events to commemorate the conclusion of the war. On Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., he and the first lady will thank troops for their service.
It's been a year of frustration on Capitol Hill with constant battles over money, the partisanship in Congress and legislative gridlock. It certainly doesn't look like the system of government the Founding Fathers envisioned in the Constitution. But should the politicians be blamed or the system they were handed?
In June, Newt Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler left the campaign for fear that the former House speaker didn't have the tenacity to win the Republican presidential nomination. Tyler reflects on his decision and assess the GOP front-runner's campaign.
All 17 nations that use the Euro have agreed to integrate their fiscal policies and give the European Union more control over their national budgets. Germany was the prime mover behind this push for greater fiscal discipline. Some are saying the agreement, in effect, unites Europe under German control. Host Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli in Rome.
As the holiday season heads into full swing, Congress remains in full gridlock with payroll tax cuts and emergency unemployment insurance benefits set to expire. NPR's David Welna joins host Audie Cornish to talk about the many bills still on the table.
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