The President and his Republican challengers are battling over who can create more jobs. But mechanization has devastated the workforce, and Americans are not being trained for the high-tech economy of the future. How much would the President’s plan for mobilizing community colleges help? Also, gridlock melts on the payroll tax cut deal, and the death of New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid in Syria.
Banner image: President Barack Obama tours the Automotive Training Program at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus on June 8, 2011 in Alexandria, Virginia. Obama spoke about the importance of workforce training and preparation to compete for manufacturing jobs. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images