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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
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?