FROM Daniel Indiviglio
The Paradox of the Dropping Unemployment Rate In February, the economy added 194,000 new jobs, and 216,000 in March . That's good news. The unemployment rate is dropping faster than it should, from 8.9 percent to 8.8. But economists had predicted that it would go up. Daniel Indiviglio writes about the "dismal science" for the Atlantic magazine.
Are Americans Confused About What They Care About? Republicans are preparing for next year's elections by denouncing President Obama as a big spender and demanding cuts in everything but the Pentagon. But despite concerns about big government, recent polls suggest that some key voters would rather pay taxes than lose their benefits. Recent New York Times-CBS News and NBC News-Wall Street Journal polls show contradictory impulses on "big-government" spending, Medicare and Social Security benefits, and the taxes that pay for them. Daniel Indiviglio is Associate Editor at the Atlantic.
Obama Creates New Jobs Panel, Taps GE CEO as Chair Jeffrey Immelt , the CEO of General Electric will succeed Paul Volcker as President Obama's principal economic advisor. The Economic Recovery Advisory Board will be now be called the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Daniel Indiviglio is associated editor of The Atlantic magazine.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.