The nation's foreclosure crisis rarely is mentioned by the presidential candidates, but it looms large as their campaigns grapple with finding evicted voters in swing states.
Organizers are discovering scores of vacated homes in key battlegrounds that contributed strong turnouts in the 2008 election. In the past four years, more than 3.7 million homes have been lost to foreclosure, according to market research firm CoreLogic.
I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Coming up, a storm threatens many of the same areas that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago. We'll check in with the director of Homeland Security for New Orleans to find out how the city and its neighbors are getting ready. That's just ahead.
Isaac is headed toward the Gulf Coast, and Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency. The storm is threatening to hit New Orleans as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed of Homeland Security in New Orleans, about how they're preparing the city for the storm.
There's been a lot of debate about whether working moms "can have it all." But all this talk has got singles saying they'd also like to have a better life outside of work. Host Michel Martin discusses single women who want to get "off the fast track" with columnist Sue Shellenbarger and lawyer Anne Marie Bowler.
Single mothers have a lot on their plate, but reports show that the unemployment rate among single moms has doubled in the last five years. Host Michel Martin speaks with three moms who have raised children as single moms, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Dani Tucker and Angelica Perez-Litwin.
Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:35 pm
Saying that "it's offensive to me as a woman and as a minority" that Democrats portray the GOP as "the party that hates you" when they reach out to non-whites, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made the case this morning that it's the Republican Party that minorities should be looking to join.
People sit on a bench along the seawall in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28.
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People make their way across Canal Street in New Orleans. Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, said Isaac's core would pass west of the city and head for Baton Rouge.
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People sit on a bench near Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on Tuesday. Hurricane Isaac slammed into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds,
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Gus Williams feeds his step-granddaughter, Somaya Washington, as her mother, Areonisha Washington, watches. They evacuated to a shelter in Houma, La.
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Suzette Necaise stocks up on bottled water at Seal's Marketplace Kiln, Miss. The area suffered severe damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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A NASA satellite captured an image of Hurricane Isaac as it approached Louisiana Tuesday. The storm has been moving at around 10 miles per hour.