cover storyIs the United States� economy headed ineluctably over the edge, as the gloomier financial forecasters project? Or is it still possible for us to reverse course and draw back from the precipice on which our economy is teetering?

Mike Lee, a Tea Party endorsee, is not planning on wasting any time in his position as Utah�s newly elected Republican Senator. Lee asserts that of the many things the voters emphasized to him on his campaign trail was that they wanted to see Congress �balance the budget.� He plans to do just that, and soon.

When the conservative National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the liberal U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) announced their report �Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide to Reduce Spending,� the authors acknowledged that �while these proposals won�t get us all the way [to significantly reduced government spending], it is a start that could establish some common ground and make government more accountable in the process.� 

Voice of America news reported a statement made by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on November 9 that the United States is willing to keep troops in Iraq past the current 2011 deadline, if Iraq's leaders request an extension of U.S. troop presence. VOA noted that Gates made the comment to reporters in Kuala Lumpur following a meeting with Malaysia's Defense Minister.

In the midst of a drug war with Mexico so severe that Americans have been warned not to venture into sections of U.S. territory on the U.S.-Mexican border, the Obama administration has agreed to allow Mexican long-haul rigs into the United States without constraints. The White House is enacting the provision to meet the requirements of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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