Viewing the debates as theater Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama says he is planning to participate in Friday night's scheduled debate despite a call by Republican nominee John McCain to postpone the meeting because of the nation's financial crisis.8:25 a.m.
National Public Radio Stories
Bush Warns Of Crisis As Congress Deliberates
President Bush cautioned that the country faces a severe economic crisis. The speech from the White House East Room Wednesday night, followed a second day of hearings on Capitol Hill with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. Some lawmakers are pushing the White House to accept a smaller bailout of $150 billion.
Average Joe: Why Should I Bail Out Wall Street?
Most Americans pay their mortgages on time and did not directly contribute to what is being called the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression. The idea that taxpayers might foot the bill for bailing out Wall Street investment banks for bad bets makes them furious. Paul Bayne of Annapolis, Md., says, "I feel like we're bailing out people who were either greedy or dumb."
Tough Sell For Overseas U.S. Missile Defense Bases
As the U.S. looks to expand its missile defense system to Poland and the Czech Republic, it is meeting criticism from political leaders and the public who are worried about future expansion. Russia staunchly opposes the move.
California's Guard Seeks Educational Funding
Between serving in Iraq and dealing with one crisis after another at home, California's National Guard has been busy. Now, those same troops are wondering why California is the only state that offers no money to help Guard members get an education.
A Lifeline For College Students With Depression
Johns Hopkins senior Juliana Kerrest has struggled with mental illness since her early teens. In college, she went so far as to plan her suicide. One thought that stopped her: Her work with the support group Active Minds could help others suffering from mental illness.
Depressed Youths Benefit From Therapy, Medication
Suicide is a very real risk for young people who suffer from clinical depression. In fact, during the past two years, suicide has increased among youths between the ages of 10 and 19. But a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants has been proved to help.
Congress Readies Checkbook For Automakers
Lawmakers in the House have approved $25 billion in loans for the auto industry. The loans are intended to help the industry retool old plants and develop advanced batteries and hybrid vehicles. The result is expected to be a more extensive lineup of hybrids, new plug-in electric cars and more fuel-efficient engines. The measure is part of a larger spending bill that the Senate could vote on as early as this week.
Lower Oil Prices Catch Billionaire Off Guard
Oil magnate T. Boone Pickens is taking a beating financially. The slump in the price of oil has cost his hedge funds around $1 billion this year. His investors lost most of that money. Pickens' personal losses are estimated at $270 million. This isn't the kind of result you'd expect from a guy who's written a book called The First Billion is the Hardest.
Antique Tractors: A Real Investment Vehicle
Skittish about the stock market and credit crisis? There's another place to park your money: collectible tractors. The sector is growing like never before — it has even been attracting European investors.
Help, I Can't Find The 'Any' Key
The technology staffing firm Robert Half Technology asked more than a thousand IT executives what are the most baffling questions posed to their computer help desks. They include a query from a computer user who thought the CD-ROM drive was a drink holder and called to ask, "How do I get my computer's coffee-cup holder to come out again?"