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08/08/11 08:22AM

How will the global financial markets react to S&P's downgrade of America's credit rating late Friday night? We know how the politicians are reacting. Republicans are blaming the Obama administration and its policies, but the real problem is much simpler. read more

The Chris Matthews Jobs Program

08/05/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with something I've started. It's jobs. Not talk. Not taxes. Not this political together-ness that adds up to doing nothing. Not a bus trip.Here's my jobs program and how to make it happen.Mr. read more

Coming up on Hardball...

08/05/11 04:56PM

The new jobs numbers are in and they’re better than expected: Unemployment dropped to 9.1 percent and 117,000 jobs were created in the month of July. While the stats are higher than economists predicted, they’re lower than many had hoped. Are we headed for a double-dip recession? CNBC’s Jim Cramer is here to report. And it’s clear what President Obama has to do about the economy to win reelection…but how can he do it? We’ll ask democratic strategist Bob Shrum. Jobs, jobs, jobs: It’s the word on every 2012 candidate’s lips, but this country needs a jobs program now. read more

Let Me Start...

08/05/11 08:13AM

Good Morning.In about 15 minutes we'll see the all-important jobless numbers from July. And after yesterday's 500+ point selloff on Wall Street, the Obama campaign has its fingers crossed. The President plans remarks in the Rose Garden after the numbers are released, but what can he say to bring the number down substantially? Paul Krugman is echoing Chris in his New York Times column today. read more

Matthews on Wall Street's reality check

08/04/11 08:00PM

Let me finish tonight with today's reality check. The reality we're getting from Wall Street today is clear as the closing bell. People are scared, scared enough to be pulling their money out, to be stacking up their dollars where they can see them and nobody can get at them.Fear. That's the reality out there in the land today - and the question before the President is what's he going to do about it?It's time to recognize - isn't it! - that we're in a period of recession. read more