Payrolls inch up while jobless rate plumments

Payrolls inch up while jobless rate plumments

Employment rose by a meager 36,000 jobs in January, far less than expected, as severe snow storms slammed large parts of the nation, but the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since April 2009. Despite the conflicting signals in the Labor Department’s report on Friday, economists agreed a job market recovery was proceeding apace […]

Unemployment among vets highests in five years

Unemployment among vets highests in five years

More than 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed in January, far higher than the national jobless rate and the highest since the government began collecting data on veterans in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday. That rate could go even higher if the U.S. military begins winding down […]

Loughner faces array of charges

Loughner faces array of charges

Accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner will face several more charges after he is tried in federal court for the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabriel Giffords and attempted murder of two of her aides, prosecutors said on Friday. The 22-year-old college dropout is accused of opening fire on a crowd of bystanders outside a Giffords event […]

Obama hopes Mubarak will make "the right decision"

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he hoped Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will make “the right decision” to steer his country through mass protests against his rule but stopped short of urging his resignation. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/0kqeX7zdKH8/us-egypt-usa-idUSTRE71175920110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama eyes "dominant role" for private mortgages

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Friday said it wants to gradually reduce the government’s support for the U.S. housing market so that the private sector can play “the dominant role.” <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/AB5CSpW1Rlc/us-usa-housing-idUSTRE70R80420110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Palin trademark application refused – for now

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sarah Palin’s bid to trademark her name and that of her daughter, Bristol, ran into trouble at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because the application forms were unsigned, government records show. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/5z0W_s3wNCk/us-palin-trademark-idUSTRE7135WI20110205\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama, Harper eye new security plan to ease trade

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed on Friday to a new approach to U.S. and Canadian security that they said would help boost trade by reducing logjams at the border. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/PPgDzRqzIfw/us-obama-harper-security-idUSTRE71367320110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Obama pushes on job creation, amid din over Egypt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House released a strategy to promote U.S. innovation on Friday, keeping its focus on the politically important jobs issue as the Labor Department issued a mixed unemployment report. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/3_bVxAfRcvQ/us-usa-economy-jobs-obama-idUSTRE7136UE20110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

Transportation secretary optimistic about bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said on Friday he is optimistic that the U.S. Congress will pass a sweeping bill to authorize funding for road and transit by August. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/sOSj3Qf6A7Y/us-usa-infrastructure-highwaybill-idUSTRE7135RH20110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?

SEC enforcement chief cites funding woes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday defended the agency’s record for bringing credit crisis cases and raised concerns about the agency’s tight budget. <a href=\\\"http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/PoliticsNews/~3/yCsewYFFhp4/us-sec-khuzami-idUSTRE7135ZT20110204\\\" target=\\\"_blank\\\" Read the rest of the story from Reuters News Service.?