Tea Party favorite and former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announced that she would not run for re-election to her Minnesota House seat. Bachmann was facing a tough fight, having barely beaten an unknown Democrat in a district that Republican nominee Mitt Romney carried by 15 points.
Democrats and Republicans both have a political interest in passing immigration reform as a way to appeal to the growing number of Latino voters. More than 70 percent of Latinos who voted last year backed President Obama. Well, now the president has tapped the political director of his campaign to lead the government's personnel office and if confirmed, Katherine Archuleta would be the first Latina to hold the title. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
A century ago, when fiery steel mills were roaring to life in Youngstown, Ohio, builders were racing to put up homes, storefronts, barbershops and more.
Today, many of those buildings sit empty and rotting. With the mills mostly gone and the population down 60 percent from 1960, to just 67,000, the city needs millions of dollars to tear down roughly 4,000 vacant structures.
This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan, in Washington. The president throws footballs with Chris Christie on the Jersey Shore. Michele Bachmann throws in the towel in Minnesota. And Scott Gomez throws shade at Ed Markey in Massachusetts. It's Wednesday and time for a...
GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.
While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.
State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.
The law would also require financial institutions that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.
The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.