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As 'Truth-O-Meter' Spreads, Politicians Wince
PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning project created to fact-check politicians' claims, is teaming up with news outlets around the country to expand its reach. In Texas, where a contentious governor's race is under way, politicians are chafing at the ratings they're getting on the project's "Truth-O-Meter."
Obama Hits The Campaign Trail In Missouri, Nevada
President Obama was on the campaign trail Thursday, raising money for Senate candidates in Missouri and Nevada. He also talked about the economy and jobs at a stop at Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, Mo., where he tried to remind voters of all the things his administration has done to help small businesses. NPR's chief political correspondent Mara Liasson talks to Robert Siegel about the trip.
History Repeating: Weaker Economic Recoveries
With each recession since the 1970s, economic recovery has gotten weaker. And economists say the inability to cut interest rates, a weak housing market and volatility will only bolster the pattern as the U.S. tries to recover from the latest recession.
Europe Bomb Arrests Linked To U.S., British Plots
Three men arrested in Europe on Thursday -- two in Norway and one in Germany -- are accused of having al-Qaida connections and of plotting a bomb attack. Officials say they are linked to cases in both the U.S. and Britain. Robert Siegel talks to Matt Apuzzo of The Associated Press, who broke the story about the arrests.
BP Executive On The Company's Financial State
On Wednesday, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles talked to NPR's Melissa Block about the physical response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. On Thursday, the two discuss the financial state of the company, and BP's obligation to people affected by the spill.
Gulf Beach Nuptials Dry Up With Oil Spill
A wedding planner in Mississippi is losing business to the oil spill. Beachfront weddings along the Gulf are less appealing with tar balls and oil mousse in the backdrop.
On Md.'s Eastern Shore, A Freshman Battleground
When Democrat Frank Kratovil ran for his conservative, Maryland congressional district in 2008, he was considered a long shot. In the end, he pulled off a narrow win over Republican Andy Harris -- even though the district went strongly for John McCain. Kratovil and Harris are now in a rematch, with the incumbent facing almost daily attacks for his vote in favor of the 2009 stimulus bill. District voters hover inscrutably in the middle of the political spectrum. Will they go with the anti-incumbent? Or the nontraditional Democrat?
Harry Reid Tangles With Tea Party-Backed Candidate
In Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is seen as a highly vulnerable incumbent in a state with one of the country's highest unemployment rates. His Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, is backed by the Tea Party. Melissa Block talks to Las Vegas Sun columnist Jon Ralston about the political battle.
Many Details Of Financial Overhaul Left To Regulators
The financial overhaul bill is massive -- more than 2,000 pages. But in many crucial areas, Congress simply leaves it to regulators to decide how rules will be interpreted and enforced. And those are the same regulators who failed to intervene during the housing bubble. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Adam Davidson.