President Obama visits Chicago Friday to talk about gun violence. But some of the people most affected say their voices aren't being heard. Host Michel Martin speaks with Aisha Truss-Miller and Chris Buford of the Black Youth Project, the group whose petition led to presidential visit.
President Obama visits a preschool in Decatur, Ga., Thursday morning to tout his proposal for universal preschool. Many experts say preschool is crucial to helping children, especially those from low-income families, succeed in school far beyond their early education.
President Obama is spending a few days this week pushing his State of the Union message in cities across the country. He began the tour in North Carolina on Wednesday talking about manufacturing and the return of factory jobs.
President Obama's nominee for Treasury Secretary Jack went before the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday. Lew appears headed toward confirmation by the full Senate. But he did get some pointed questions from Republicans about his stint as an executive at Citigroup.
Preschool is just one example of the ways in which President Obama says government can play a constructive role in the economy. He's trying to reorient the debate in Washington from deficit reduction alone to wise investment.
It wasn't that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. And it's not clear whether Reid has those 60 votes.
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