After weeks of fruitless talks, House Speaker John Boehner has thrown in the towel in the contentious fight over the federal deficit and the nation's debt limit. In a statement issued last night, Boehner said he would back down from Republican demands for $4 trillion dollars in cuts to reduce the nation's deficit in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the weekend effort to reach an agreement and the problems it will cause in both parties.
Britain's most widely read Sunday publication, News of the World, publishes its last edition Sunday. The 168-year-old newspaper is closing in the wake of a devastating phone hacking scandal that's led to the arrest of several editors and executives. Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets reaction from NPR's David Folkenflik in London.
With the nation's unemployment rate edging up to 9.2 percent, finding the most effective and efficient ways to create more jobs is a matter of much debate. In a recently published essay, political theorist William Galston points out that new businesses have been the biggest new source of job creation in the last generation. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Galston, a former policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, about his proposals for spurring job growth in the private sector.
Alleged fugitive Catherine Grieg is scheduled to appear in a Boston court Monday for her detention hearing. She lived on the lam for 16 years with Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Christine Pelisek, staff reporter at The Daily Beast, about the notorious gangster's companion.