- Making News: Unexpected Rise in Jobless Claims
The Labor Department reported today that 3.8 million Americans are unemployed, the highest number in nine years, while the number receiving unemployment benefits is the highest in 20 years. Jared Bernstein, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a progressive policy think-tank, interprets the numbers for us.
- Reporter's Notebook: $3.9 Billion Monthly for the Iraq War
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday that the cost of keeping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan were almost double those given in April. The Pentagon estimates peacekeeping efforts at $3.9 billion a month in Iraq and almost a $1 billion more in Afghanistan. Where did it all go? Steven Kosiak of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments looks at the cost of war - and of peace.
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