John Boehner refuses Barack Obama's request for a joint session of Congress next Wednesday to discuss jobs. CBC members exchange heated comments about the Tea Party. Poet Maya Angelou criticizes the quote engraved on the MLK, Jr. Memorial. The Barbershop guys weigh in.
Next Thursday, President Obama will present his jobs proposal before Congress. Democratic supporters hope his plan will offer a rallying point to excite his base, rather than a compromise Republicans may agree to.
The prospect of a giant oil pipeline running from Canada to Texas has activists up in arms. About 800 people have been arrested in ongoing protests at the White House. The Obama administration says it will decide by the end of the year whether to approve the 1,700-mile-long Keystone pipeline.
When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost-cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list.
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.
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