Obama Ramps Up Economic Message
The day after his State of the Union address, President Obama headed to Wisconsin for a White House on Main Street event. It's a state that traditionally favors Democrats. Obama won it in 2008, but Republicans dominated in the last election.
Journalist Criticizes State Of The Union Speech
Journalist Chris Hedges wrote a book criticizing the left — from farther left. His book Death of the Liberal Class argues that liberal politicians, academics and others have sold out. He tells Steve Inskeep he's no fan of the president's speech.
Sudan Wants Improved Relations With U.S.
Sudan's foreign minister met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday in an effort to get his country off a terrorism blacklist. The Obama administration has offered Sudan some incentives to encourage it to allow southerners to vote in an independence referendum.
Cocoa Plays Role In Ivory Coast's Political Crisis
Cocoa and cash have become important in the struggle for power in the West African nation of Ivory Coast. Two rivals have claimed the office of president since a contested election in late November. The standoff has disrupted sales of a vital export. Ivory Coast is the world's largest producer of cocoa.
Abortions Not Linked To Mental Health Issues
Danish researchers looked at the health records of 85,000 women who had had first-trimester abortions. Those women were more likely to seek mental health treatment while they were pregnant, but didn't need more help after having the abortion. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine..
Lessons Linger 25 Years After Challenger Tragedy
The explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in 1986 "was a trauma to the nation's psyche," says Sen. Bill Nelson, a former astronaut. But NASA and the American public have learned a few things about space science since then.
Police Officer: Don't Call U.S. Gun Violence 'War'
At least 14 police officers have been killed in the line of duty this month; many more have survived gunshots. But a longtime police officer says the media and his colleagues should think twice about calling it a "war" between police and criminals.
Standard & Poor's Downgrades Japan
Ratings agencies evaluate the risk of government bonds, and a downgrade can make it more expensive for a government to borrow on international financial markets. Japan's economy minister called the move by global credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's "regrettable."
CBO Projects Record Federal Deficit
The Congressional Budget Office is out with new projections. It forecasts modest but steady growth and a gradual return to more normal unemployment levels in five years. As for deficits and the debt, the CBO projects a $1.5 trillion deficit this year — the largest ever.
Report: 2008 Financial Crisis Was 'Avoidable'
The financial crisis that roiled markets around the world in 2008 did not result from a "perfect storm" of accidents. A new report says it was an "avoidable" disaster that grew directly out of the widespread failures of regulators and the excessive risk-taking by corporations and Wall Street firms.