FROM Phillip Longman
Jobs: Texas v California Texas governor Rick Perry has for years been saying that his state leads the nation in job creation, contrasting Texas with California, where he says regulation and high taxes squash growth. Perry’s even traveled here to woo businesses to the Lone Star state. So, is it true? We found out today that the national unemployment rate ticked up to 6.7 percent last month. And the economy only added a modest one-hundred-seventy-five thousand jobs. Should Californians be packing their bags for Texas?
Global Ageing: Peril or Promise? This year's World Economic Forum at Davos released a report that surprised those still worried about overpopulation. Forget the " Population Bomb ." Birthrates are now declining around the world, and the latest concern is the "Grey Tsunami." That's when those over 60 have swamped those under 30, and that moment may be coming sooner than you think. Even the US is moving in that direction, leading New York Times columnist David Brooks to call it, " the slowly aging leader of a rapidly aging world ." Will fewer people enjoy longer lives? Will the environment enjoy welcome relief, or will the generations go to war over diminishing resources?
Will the Race for President Turn into a Generational Showdown? During last night's Republican debate in Florida, the only Democrats mentioned were Bill and Hillary Clinton. But the Democratic nomination has yet to be decided. In advance of tomorrow's primary in South Carolina, Clinton and Obama have engaged in a series of nasty exchanges, in what's become the kind of campaign that Obama had hoped to avoid. In his book, The Audacity of Hope , he describes the politics of the baby-boom generation as "rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched out long ago," by which he means the 1960's. Obama, who offers a style of leadership designed for younger voters, says he's running against that status quo--Republican and Democratic. Hillary Clinton's campaign says former President Bill will stay on the campaign trail, evoking reminders of eight baby-boom years in the White House. Will post-boom voters be turned off by the politics of divide and conquer? Will boomers themselves be attracted to the Clintons' "experience?" On the Republican side, why does John McCain , the oldest candidate in the race, appeal to young people?
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new 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. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.