As President Obama prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, he's facing political pressure at home to do more to shield Israel from criticism. Pro-Israel members of Congress are furious the administration hasn't prevented the Palestinians from going to the U.N. to seek membership as a state on land Israel captured in the 1967 war.
The state will pick up four new U.S. House seats next year, thanks to a soaring Latino population. But civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department are signaling they may have some concerns about the redistricting process. A court case could force the state to draw new boundaries.
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, is still an important voice for a number of Jewish voters. Just last week, his support helped a GOP candidate win a special election in New York. Now Koch is telling President Obama to listen up or risk losing the Jewish vote in 2012.
With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the economy as the top issue of the 2012 presidential race, the president faces a tough fight for re-election. Still, he might find some encouragement in the history books. Host Audie Cornish chats with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about Obama's odds for re-election.
On Monday, President Obama will lay out his new plan for reducing the federal deficit. His proposal will also include specific recommendations to the bipartisan deficit Super Committee on how to offset the cost of his $447 billion jobs plan. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.
The administration has promised to veto any resolution before the U.N. Security Council to recognize an independent Palestinian state. But many of America's closest allies support the Palestinians' bid, setting the stage for a messy diplomatic situation in New York this week.
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