Virtually any time President Obama has opened his mouth in public this month, it has been to talk about the debt ceiling. On Monday, he shifts his focus â€” at least for an hour â€” to address the National Council of La Raza, the largest Hispanic advocacy group in the country.
It's the latest effort in the president's intense campaign to win the hearts and minds of Latinos. In the White House, he has met with Hispanic celebrities, activists and policy groups for summits, lunches and parties.
In New York, on the distant end of the city from Manhattan, the Rockaways sit on a thin strip of land at the southern edge of Queens, bounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by Jamaica Bay. It has recently become a destination for young adults, and now there's a hip new place to stay, right on the water.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner started the weekend with a pair of dueling news conferences, followed by back-room conversations, conference calls and news releases â€” but no deal was reached in the debt talks. Now leaders of each party are drafting their own plans for avoiding a crisis.
The man accused of killing more than 90 people on Friday in Norway is expected to be arraigned on terrorism charges Monday. The 32-year-old Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, has not pleaded guilty and said he acted alone with no accomplice.