The American Jobs Act: The Economy and the Presidency
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After last night’s address to Congress, President Obama took his American Jobs Act out on the road today. We hear how it’s playing with Democrats, Republicans and different sectors of the voting population. Also, one worker’s mistake causes a massive power outage, and how Ground Zero in 2011 has become “a careful balance between commerce and commemoration.”
Ground Zero, Ten Years On ()
In the past ten years, plans for a memorial at Ground Zero have progressed, along with a growing sense that, in the midst of downtown Manhattan, it could not be obsessed with the past, especially since New York's urban life was itself a terrorist target. On the other hand, it would be worse if the space were filled with commercial buildings. One observer finds that the plan now being developed has "split the difference." "The people will not come back, but the life of the city has to," wrote Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for the New Yorker magazine, who's closely studied developments at Ground Zero for the past 10years.
- Paul Goldberger: New Yorker magazine
One Worker's Mistake Causes Massive Power Outage ()
Power has been restored to 90 percent of the five million people who were blacked out for 12 hours yesterday and this morning in San Diego, Palm Desert and Orange County in California as well as in Arizona and Baja California. The outage is being attributed to a single utility employ in Yuma, Arizona. Tony Perry is San Diego Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times.
President Obama and the American Jobs Act ()
President Obama challenged Congress last night to shut down the "political circus" in Washington and work together--before next year's election. He said everything in his American Jobs Act had been approved in the past by both Democrats and Republicans. He told them to pass it no less than 15 times. He asked Americans to demand action and today — as promised --he took his $447-billion program out on the road. The first stop is Richmond, Virginia,in the district of the Republican minority leader in Congress, Eric Cantor. Is it "bold" enough for Democrats to rally behind it? Is there any chance for support from the GOP? Will voters decide that the "circus" is still going on?
- Michael Scherer: Time Magazine, @michaelscherer
- Don Peck: The Atlantic
- John Makin: American Enterprise Institute
- Scott Timberg: freelance journalist, @TheMisreadCity
- Jay Goltz: Chicago business owner
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