Obama pitches jobs plan

Obama pitches jobs plan

Wasting no time, President Barack Obama is pitching to the public his $447 billion jobs program of tax cuts and new spending after bluntly telling Congress to “stop the political circus” and fix the economy. But that doesn’t mean Republicans are buying. “The proposals the president outlined tonight merit consideration,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, […]

Perry suddenly remembers he’s still governor of Texas

Perry suddenly remembers he’s still governor of Texas

Call it a leadership test in real time. Rick Perry left the presidential campaign trail this week to dash back to Texas, where wildfires have devoured more than 1,000 homes in a week. “Not paying attention to politics right now” is how the conservative Republican explained it after he ditched a high-profile campaign appearance in […]

Will a leaking economy sink Obama?

Will a leaking economy sink Obama?

President Barack Obama faces a long re-election campaign having all but given up on the economy rebounding in any meaningful way before November 2012. His own budget office predicts unemployment will stay at about 9 percent, a frightening number for any president seeking a second term. Obama’s prospects aren’t entirely grim, however. The GOP, heavily […]

Labor faces new reality with little help from Obama

Labor faces new reality with little help from Obama

In the early days of the Obama administration, organized labor had grand visions of pushing through a sweeping agenda that would help boost sagging membership and help revive union strength. Now labor faces this reality: Public employee unions are in a drawn-out fight for their very survival in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where GOP […]