Economically, the GOP's Pledge to America, released Thursday, is aimed at small businesses, repealing health-care reform, for example. But the document is also a clear pledge to 'tea party' supporters: You can trust us.
At Monday's town hall meeting, President Obama could have laid out what the rich are doing to fight his efforts to help the economy. He didn't.
Thursday morning, GOP lawmakers will unveil the "Pledge to America" – a 21-page document with proposals to slash taxes, spending, and government regulation. It's designed to woo tea party activists and independents in the Nov. 2 election.
Don't like what Democrats have offered so far to cure unemployment? Here's a look at the Republican plan to create jobs – and what economists think of it.
A poll by Pew shows more Americans than not think their political leaders should hold their ground and not compromise. We see the results in an unstable health care law that Republicans vow to dismantle after November. Some of America's problems are too serious for political intransigence.
Tax cuts: The GOP's McConnell wants to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, but he might have to shut down half the federal government to pay for them.
Participation in the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) keeps increasing, especially among people under 65.
Poverty rate: The ranks of the working-age poor climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year.