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Nobel Laureate Michael Spence: Global Recession Has a 50/50 Chance

Monday, October 24, 2011

With unemployment holding steadily at 9 percent and little sign of an upturn, it is hardly surprising that most Americans have a negative outlook on the state of the economy. According to a recent Associated Press poll, more than 7 in 10 Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. Less than 40 percent of respondents feel that President Obama's jobs proposals will significantly raise the unemployment level from its current level.

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The Nuts and Bolts of President Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Republican critics like Mitch McConnell are calling it "class warfare" and a "massive tax hike" with "phantom savings." The president calls it simply a matter of shared sacrifice. Is Obama's new deficit reduction plan, which he unveiled in a speech Monday morning, a piece of legislation with a legitimate shot of being voted into law or simply a campaign move ahead of the 2012 election? And does the president's math add up when he says the bill is paid for?

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Opinion: Obama's Job Plan Won't Deliver Jobs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Businesses don't need more capital, in fact capital is very cheap right now. The problem is not that labor isn't cheap. The problem is that businesses don't need any more workers to keep up.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democrats Pushing Back on Obama Jobs Plan

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times congressional correspondent, discusses why some Congressional Democrats are picking apart the Obama jobs bill. 

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Do Small Businesses Really Drive the Economy?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

President Obama has been on a tour to push his $447-billion jobs package, and he's been meeting with small business owners in places like North Carolina and Ohio, making it clear that they are at the heart of his plan for economic recovery. Meanwhile, some Congressional Democrats are already saying that the jobs bill will need some major changes in order to pass. Can small businesses really save our ailing economy?

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Opinion: Obama's Second Term Chances Rest with Jobs Plan

Monday, September 12, 2011

there are some major political incentives for Republicans to not act, both on ideological grounds, as well as strategic. If the economy recovers faster after this bill is passed, I’d bet my bottom dollar that Obama gets reelected.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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This Week's Agenda: Obama's Jobs Tour, First Tea Party Debate

Monday, September 12, 2011

President Barack Obama continues his jobs tour this week, with stops in Columbus, Ohio and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., rallying support for his jobs plan. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to speak at a conference on regulation of systemic risk on Thursday, five days before the Federal Open Market Committee begins its meetings next week. Tonight, is the first Tea Party debate, which GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are expected to attend. And Anthony Weiner's old Congressional seat in New York's ninth district is up for grabs in a special election tomorrow.

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