Michele Bachmann is feeling both the glow and the heat of the national spotlight this week. The GOP candidate is surging in national polls, gaining on frontrunner Mitt Romney. But that good news has been overshadowed to some degree by a series of reports about chronic migraine attacks that are so severe that they have lead to hospitalization.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week that Whitebark pine trees should be protected as an endangered species — but the agency will not list the trees as threatened or endangered because of a lack of funding. The trees are a critical part of the ecosystems of the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada but have been dying at alarming rates due to the effects of climate change.
A plan put forth by a group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" looks like it could be a solution to solving the nation's impending debt ceiling problem. Among the ideas in the plan is trimming the deficit by changing how the country calculates inflation through using something called a "chained consumer price index." Michele Norris speaks with Robert Greenstein, the president of the Center on Budget and Policy about how this change will work.
Robert Siegel speaks with economist Jed Smith, who is managing director of quantitative research at the National Association of Realtors. They talk about why realtors are concerned about proposed changes to the home mortgage interest deduction.
President Obama is meeting with the eight top leaders of the two parties in Congress, making the White House the focus of negotiations one day after six senators made a stab at a bipartisan "grand bargain." Michele Norris talks to NPR's Mara Liasson.