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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?