Series: Solve This http://www.kunc.org en Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention http://www.kunc.org/post/candidates-views-poverty-get-little-attention The nation's poverty rate is as high as it's been in almost two decades. Last year, 1 in 6 Americans was poor — more than 46 million people, including 16 million children.<p>But on the campaign trail, the issue of poverty has received surprisingly little attention.<p>When he first ran for president, Barack Obama went to a low-income neighborhood in Washington, D.C., and spoke passionately about hunger and poverty. He repeated Bobby Kennedy's question in 1967: "How can a country like this allow it?"<p>"The most American answer I can think of to that question is two words: We can't. Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 35083 at http://www.kunc.org Candidates' Views On Poverty Get Little Attention Obama, Romney on Higher Ed Help: Dueling Visions http://www.kunc.org/post/obama-romney-higher-ed-help-dueling-visions Many Americans today feel like they've lost or are losing their shot at a college education because paying for it often seems out of reach. So how big of an issue is this in the presidential campaign?<p>Here's what President Obama has done to help families pay for college: He negotiated a deal with Congress this summer that kept the interest rate on government-backed Stafford loans from doubling for 7.5 million students.<p>Obama's income-based repayment plan will eventually cap students' loan payments at 10 percent of discretionary monthly income. Thu, 11 Oct 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 34937 at http://www.kunc.org Obama, Romney on Higher Ed Help: Dueling Visions Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment http://www.kunc.org/post/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-federal-investment <em>In the next two installments of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 11:48:00 +0000 John Ydstie 34805 at http://www.kunc.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment Romney's Jobs Plan Relies On His Tax Proposal http://www.kunc.org/post/romneys-jobs-plan-relies-his-tax-proposal <em>As part of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on major issues facing the country, we're examining the presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. After looking at <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/08/162400400/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-on-federal-investment">President Obama's strategy</a>, it's time to examine the plan of GOP nominee Mitt Romney.</em><p>Mitt Romney says he has a plan with 59 bullet points detailing how to boost growth and job creation. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:53:00 +0000 John Ydstie 34794 at http://www.kunc.org Romney's Jobs Plan Relies On His Tax Proposal Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security' http://www.kunc.org/post/candidates-tout-different-routes-energy-security The pressing energy issue in the 2008 presidential campaign was how to reduce carbon emissions and limit global warming. Four years later, the drive for "green energy" has been replaced by a new imperative: the need to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil.<p>"I will set a national goal of North American energy independence by 2020," Mitt Romney declared during a campaign speech in August. Fri, 05 Oct 2012 17:32:00 +0000 Tom Gjelten 34686 at http://www.kunc.org Candidates Tout Different Routes To 'Energy Security'