Newton, Iowa (CNNMoney) - No one in Newton, Iowa, would say the town's economy has recovered.
But it's getting there. Slowly.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNNMoney) - If there is one state where the economy might not be issue No. 1, it's Iowa.
That's because the first state to begin presidential candidate selection has emerged relatively unscathed from the housing bubble and financial crisis that wreaked havoc on other parts of the country.
New York (CNNMoney) - President Obama traveled to the heart of Republican Kansas on Tuesday, where he presented Americans with a choice: a "fair shot" with him, or a return to "you're on your own economics."
Obama firmly embraced the rhetoric of income inequality, and laid out a plan to rebuild the middle class.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - The November jobs report contains some undeniably good news for President Obama, but the White House should keep the champagne on ice for now.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 8.6% in November, the lowest since March 2009 and a sharp improvement from 9.0% in October.
New York (CNNMoney) - There's a political drama playing out right now that could make President Obama's path to re-election much more difficult.
And no, it's not the frantic campaigning in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. It's the debt crisis gripping Berlin, Paris and Madrid.
New York (CNNMoney) - If history is any guide, the 2012 presidential election will be won or lost in just a few fickle states.
They are the "swing states" - battlegrounds where every vote matters, and millions of campaign dollars will be spent.
New York (CNNMoney) - When Newt Gingrich first released his economic plan, Donald Trump was still considering a 2012 bid and NASA had a space shuttle program.
That was in May - and boy, times have changed.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President Obama is spending Black Friday in Washington - far removed, and protected, from the frantic melee taking place at retailers across the country.
But his campaign website is open for business. And there are deals to be had. Oh, the deals!
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - On election night in 2010, Republicans were united by one mission: Cutting government spending now.
"I'm here to tell you tonight that our new majority is prepared to do things differently," then Minority Leader John Boehner told an election night crowd. "It starts with cutting spending instead of increasing it."
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Every 2012 contender attended college. They all graduated. They went to schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Texas A&M, Morehouse, Penn State and Emory.
But decades have passed since these Presidential candidates first stepped onto campus as freshmen. Is it time for an Econ 101 refresher course?