This week, all of the Republican presidential candidates are back on the campaign trail. Former speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Representative Michele Bachmann will all visit Iowa. Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney heads to Florida, and Cain will be in Wisconsin. President Obama travels to Australia, steering clear of the Congressional "super committee" as its deadline to shave $1.2 trillion from the U.S. budget grows near.
But even before the November 23 deadline, Congress must reach an agreement on a new spending resolution by the end of the week to avoid a shutdown. Finally, as consumers enter the holiday season, retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target and J.C. Penney will all release their quarterly earnings reports this week.
Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines.com, and Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, weigh in on the week ahead.