Consumer Spending; Healthcare; Hillary/Pakistan; Elections

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Consumer spending drives the real economy and it is down. Did we save the banks at the expense of the people? And even if Tony cringes at the phrase, the healthcare reform bills presented by both the House and Senate make this an historic moment. Will Democrat divisions derail the public option? Hillary Clinton in Pakistan: did she make things worse? Facing violence and criticism, did she say the wrong things? Finally, Tony gives us a political wrap up on the elections taking place in New Jersey, Virginia and New York. What are the implications for the Obama era? (Arianna Huffington is away.)

 

Banner image: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Pakistan Photo: Reuters, © New York Times 2009