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Stucknation: Dear Mr. President, Don't Just Talk Bold on Jobs, Be Bold. Here's How:

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hoover, like Bush was desperate for bipartisan support for his attempt to save a tanking economy. But Roosevelt opted for change rather than continuity. You went with continuity and the Republicans have been trying to steal your lunch money ever since.

-Bob Hennelly, It's A Free Country columnist.

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The Takeaway

Jobs Speech: Your Questions for New York Times Reporter Michael Shear

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Last night many watched GOP candidates feint and parry in the latest Republican presidential debate at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Tonight, President Barack Obama presents his own arguments for moving forward, laying out what is reportedly $300 billion in proposals for job growth. Tomorrow we'll be talking to Michael D. Shear, political reporter and chief correspondent for New York Times blog The Caucus. He will be answering your questions about President Obama's speech, the state of the race among Republicans and how the GOP field shapes up against the incumbent.

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The Takeaway

'Super Committee' Member Xavier Becerra Describes Debt Negotiations

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Six weeks after the Congressional showdown over raising the debt ceiling came to resolution, the 12 member Congressional deficit reduction committee, sometimes referred to as the "super committee" or "super Congress," will have its first meeting today. Federal spending, taxes, and deficit reduction are all on the super committee's agenda as it tries to cut nearly $1.2 trillion from the nation's debt over the next decade. 

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The Takeaway

America's Unemployed Advise on President's Jobs Plan

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Later this evening, President Obama will deliver a speech detailing a jobs program that could cost as much as $300 billion. Obama will give the speech before a joint sessions of Congress, and it will also be broadcast to millions of Americans who are facing record unemployment rates. For their insight, we're speaking with three Takeaway listeners who are uniquely affected by the president’s plan.

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The Takeaway

Mitt Romney's 59-Point Economic Plan

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In advance of tomorrow night's Republican presidential debate — the second for GOP candidates hoping to run in the 2012 election, and first for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney unveiled a plan to boost economic growth, in a speech yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada. It hasn't seemed to boost his standing yet — a new poll shows Perry in the lead over Romney and other GOP candidates.

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The Takeaway

How Population Affects Unemployment

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs. The day after Labor Day millions of Americans are wondering when their next chance for employment will come. The nation's unemployment rate stands at 9.1 percent and experts believe it's going to take years before it goes back down to normal. Ryan Avent, economics correspondent at The Economist, believes the number of jobs available could rise if a city's population density rises. He wrote in The New York Times about what other ingredients need to be mixed in with a dense population to create a healthy economy.

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The Takeaway

Could 'Buying American' Help Create Jobs?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Labor Day weekend got off to a rough start this year with some pretty dismal jobs numbers. The economy created a net gain of zero jobs last month. President Obama will surely use that troubling statistic to drive home his message in his jobs speech this Thursday evening. Many different solutions have been offered to help the economy recover. Could "buying American" be the fix we need to create jobs? Anders Lewendal, a general contractor in Bozeman, Montana, is trying just that as he constructs a home built mostly from "all American" materials. 

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The Takeaway

The History of Labor Day

Monday, September 05, 2011

On this Labor Day many are celebrating a free day off from work with barbecues and beach trips. The holiday originally started in 1882 in New York City as a way for early unions to organize for basic workers rights. On the first Labor Day 30,000 union members to a picnic with their families in Union Square Park.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: 9/11, Economy, Libya

Monday, September 05, 2011

It's Monday, so we're discussing news ahead for the week. Next Sunday will be ten years since the 9/11 attacks. This will be a week of reflection — not just for Americans but for everyone around the world. As we remember 9/11, many Americans are still without jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for WNYC and The Takeaway, says not to expect anything game-changing from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech this Thursday in Minnesota on the economic outlook. His speech will be followed by President Barack Obama's jobs speech. And across the Atlantic, Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to France over the weekend, and the hunt for Col. Muammar Gadhafi continues in Libya.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Retail Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Caitlin Kelly, freelance journalist and author of Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail, talks about how she went from the Daily News to North Face and what she learned about the service economy along the way.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Fashion Collective: Keeping Fashionistas in The Great Lakes State

Friday, September 02, 2011

Independent local fashion designer Adriana Pavon has a vision that could one day do for fashion made in Detroit, what Berry Gordy once did with Hitsville USA, Motown's precursor. Yes, Pavon, 35, really believes her Detroit Fashion Collective, a new incubation, production and showroom space for designers and fashion creatives, could eventually be just that big of a hit.

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The Takeaway

The Political Theater Over Obama's Jobs Speech

Thursday, September 01, 2011

President Obama's jobs speech is already shrouded in partisan controversy, after the president attempted to schedule his talk for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 — the same date as the second debate for GOP presidential candidates. House Speaker John Boehner asked Obama to reschedule, and Obama complied, changing the date for the speech to September 8. Could this be a preview of future party wars over the jobs agenda?

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The Takeaway

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on America's Lost Decade

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

We're all witnessing a historical moment in the Middle East, as Libya prepares for the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s rule. And while the revolution that has taken six months to occur is in many ways remarkable, Americans may also be in the midst of our own, quieter moment in history: a lost decade. The recession has made it so that young people in particular are having a very difficult time beginning their careers, starting families and buying homes — so they're delaying doing those things. The unemployment rate is hovering at 9.1 percent, and for people between the ages of 16 and 19, it was 25 percent in July. For those ages 20-24, it was 14.6 percent.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Libyan Rebels Overtake Tripoli, Obama Prepares Jobs Speech

Monday, August 22, 2011

Over the weekend, Libyan rebel forces took key positions near the capital of Tripoli, and last night they flooded into the capital and battled with loyalists to Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Rebels captured two of Gadhafi's sons, including Seif al-Islam, the assumed heir-apparent, while civilians celebrated in the streets over what may be the end of Gadhafi's 42 years in power of Libya. Meanwhile, in the United States, candidates who hope to capture the Republican presidential nomination continue to duke it out over who would lead the country best, and President Obama is preparing his jobs plan, which he'll unveil in a speech next month.

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The Takeaway

Anticipating President Obama's Plan for Job Creation

Friday, August 19, 2011

Early next month President Obama will offer a plan intended to spur the U.S. economy, with a focus on job creation and deficit reduction. Some of its proposals have been made clear: he intends to continue a two-percent payroll tax cut for workers and renew unemployment benefits. But what else might be in there? And, for that matter, what should be in there?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Booster-in-Chief

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

President Obama says in September he'll send Congress "a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit." Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, examines the president's options for such a plan.

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Gillibrand Touts Urban Jobs Act in NYC, but Can it Pass?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

There are a few people in Congress who aren't shying away from plans that call for spending to create jobs in the long term.

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The Takeaway

A Contest to Create Jobs

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Joblessness is an ongoing problem in the U.S. and in countries abroad. But fifteen semi-finalists are currently competing in a contest that's hopes to put some of those people back to work. The contest is called Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World That Works, and it's being produced by the eBay Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers. The contest's winners will get $50,000 to build their ideas. Voting is open to the general public via the contest's website, and ends today at 5 p.m. EST.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nickel and Dimed Again

Monday, August 08, 2011

Author Barbara Ehrenreich discusses the new afterword to her 2001 bestselling book, Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, and how it relates to today's bleak economic picture.

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With Struggle to Create Jobs, Polytech Incubator Encourages Innovation

Friday, August 05, 2011

Economists forecast that Friday's unemployment report will show the nation's unemployment rate has not changed at 9.2 percent, with an expected figure of 90,000 jobs added last month. Congress has done little to address unemployment, infuriating voters around the nation. But, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University has an idea about lowering unemployment. The institute has teamed up with the city of New York to found an incubator that provides a physical space and money to help new businesses take off.

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