The historic next-to-last space shuttle launch was scratched Friday
because of mechanical problems, spoiling a visit from the president and
dashing the hopes of the biggest crowd of spectators in years, including
the mission commander's wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
President Barack Obama commended Panama's president for his leadership
in resolving issues that had stalled a key free trade agreement between
their two countries and said he expected Congress to ratify the pact as
part of a broader trade package.
For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced
college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees, part of a trend that is
helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.
President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Department will
try to "root out" cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets, even as
Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a variety of legal reasons may
be behind gasoline's surge to $4 a gallon.
President Barack Obama headed west to sell his big picture
deficit-reduction plan. But many people are waiting for a quick fix to
their own economic problems caused chiefly by persistent unemployment
and the crippled housing market.