Rep. Erik Paulsen on avoiding the fiscal cliff The U.S. House Ways and Means committee is a key player in the effort to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen R-Minn. serves on that committee. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his ideas for a compromise solution.7:23 a.m.
After slump, construction firms begin to hire At a time when thousands of workers were leaving construction for lack of work, CJ Akins went running towards it. She's among a growing number of people who are benefitting from construction firms that have begun to hire again, a sharp contrast to a few years ago when the housing sector tanked and new building projects came to a halt.8:25 a.m.
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Pentagon Probes 'Inappropriate' Emails By Gen. Allen
There's a new twist to the Gen. David Petraeus scandal. The Pentagon announced the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who is said to have received threatening emails from Paula Broadwell. That's the woman with whom Petraeus had an extramarital affair.
The FBI's Role In The Petraeus Investigation
Members of Congress say they'll investigate why the FBI and Justice Department didn't tell them earlier about an investigation involving former CIA Director David Petraeus. But the legal authority for reporting such sensitive information to lawmakers is murky.
In Chicago, Violence Soars And Witnesses Go Silent
As the number of shootings goes up, police are making fewer and fewer arrests for those violent crimes, leaving a staggering number of cases unsolved. Police blame a long-standing attitude for the failure to make arrests: you just don't snitch to police.
Jazz Musician Bob French Dies At 74
Bob French was one of the legends of New Orleans' jazz. French was a drummer, singer and bandleader of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He died Monday at the age 74.
Azerbaijan Leader's Statue In Mexico Draws Protests
In Mexico City's most prominent tree-lined park, you can find statues to such international heroes as Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King and now Heydar Aliyev. He's the Soviet-era autocrat of Azerbaijan. Its government paid for the park's latest statue and restoration of a nearby plaza. The gilded gift has upset many in the capital and is causing headaches for Mexico City's outgoing mayor.
Obama Hopes For Another Victory: Avoiding Fiscal Cliff
President Obama is meeting with labor leaders at the White House on Tuesday — the first in a series of meetings aimed at avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts in the new year. The newly re-elected president is hoping to translate victory at the ballot box into success in shaping policy.
Beach Towns Mourn Sandy-Ravaged Boardwalks
Boardwalks are the commercial anchors of many beach towns. But as a result of Hurricane Sandy, boardwalks in New Jersey towns like Seaside Heights and Belmar lie buckled and shredded. Now, the people there are assessing the damage and figuring out what it will take to rebuild.
Greece Gets More Time To Dig Out Of Deficit
Eurozone finance ministers have decided to give Greece two more years, until 2016, to turn around their budget deficit. What eurozone leaders did not agree on is whether to release more aid to Greece — money that's needed as its outstanding loans come due.
New York's Art District Devastated By Sandy
There are nearly 400 art galleries in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Many of these galleries were flooded by the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Sandy. One insurance company estimates it has $40 million in claims.
Danes May Bring Back Butter As Government Rolls Back 'Fat Tax'
Denmark plans to abolish its so-called fat tax after barely a year, citing hardships on business and the poor. And while some Danes might celebrate by spreading on the "toothbutter," other countries are watching closely for signs of whether regulating food works as a way to get people to eat healthier.