Melody Barnes is leaving her post as director of the administration's Domestic Policy Council. Barnes was influential in crafting some of the president's major initiatives including health care and economic legislation. Host Michel Martin speaks with Barnes about her achievements and the president's popularity.
The presidential candidate has been an ambassador, a governor and a business executive. But he also had an unusual academic career for a presidential candidate. And some of his former endeavors might surprise you.
Newt Gingrich will campaign in Virginia today, and will hold a rally in Rosslyn at 7 p.m. Gingrich appears to have pulled ahead of Mitt Romney among Virginia Republicans, according to a new poll released today.
There's a spirited debate going on between GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. A Super PAC called Restore Our Future is running negative ads against Gingrich on Romney's behalf. Gingrich called on Romney to get the ads off the air. Romney responded by saying the law does not allow him to communicate with a Super PAC.
At stake are billions of dollars in tax breaks and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans set to expire Jan. 1, after the House rejected a bill that would have extended jobless benefits and the payroll tax holiday for two months.
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