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Rattner predicts 7.8-7.9 percent unemployment on Election Day

Rattner predicts 7.8-7.9 percent unemployment on Election Day

04/09/12 09:58AM

It may not be as much fun to talk about as Etch-a-Sketch machines or Rush Limbaugh. But nothing will have a bigger impact on the November election than the economic situation. On Morning Joe Monday, Steven Rattner joined the gang to help explain what March’s disappointing jobs numbers mean both for the economy and the presidential raceEmployers added 120,000 jobs last month – a drop-off from the last three months, each of which had seen gains of at least 200,000. Why the slowdown? read more

Morning Headlines: Monday, April 9

04/09/12 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?'Orphan' state parties worry GOPObama leads among 'swing independents'U.S. policy questioned as Maliki consolidates his power in IraqNewt Gingrich: I'm 'slightly less than' $4.5 million in debtWallace's epitaph for self: 'Tough but fair'Magical shot in playoff lifts Bubba Watson at Masters'Hunger Games' sinks 'Titanic 3D' at box officeMartin killing resonates in Conn. town still trying to heal racial fissures‘Super PAC,’ eyeing general election, aims blitz at Obama read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Friday, April 6, 2012

04/06/12 11:50AM

THIS BUDGET WILL SAVE YOU TRILLIONS! (WE JUST NEED TO UNDO SOME OF LAST YEAR'S SAVINGS TO GET IT THROUGH)BY JOSHUA GREENBLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEKLast summer, with Republicans threatening to force the U.S. to default on its debt unless spending was brought down, the two parties struck a last-minute deal to avoid catastrophe. The Budget Control Act, supported by Republicans and Democrats, and signed by Obama, cut $900 billion over a decade, and guaranteed that an additional $1.2 trillion in savings would be achieved in one of two ways. read more

Can a new hire help Team Romney stay on message?

04/06/12 11:08AM

Is Mitt Romney’s run for president being hampered by some basic problems of message discipline? And can a new hire help address that?Romney himself has been a chief culprit, committing repeated gaffes that have suggested he’s out-of-touch with the lives of ordinary Americans. (Remember “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners,” or, “I like being able to fire people”?). read more