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Unemployment drops below 8 percent, but…

Unemployment drops below 8 percent, but…

America’s “official” unemployment rate dropped below 8 percent in September but the number does not reflect the mounting numbers of long-term unemployed who are no longer actively looking for work. The Labor Department reported Friday that 114,000 jobs were added last month, just a tick below predictions of 115,000 jobs and unemployment dipped to 7.8 […]

Romney admits he was “completely wrong” with “47 percent” comments

Romney admits he was “completely wrong” with “47 percent” comments

In a “God, wish I hadn’t said that” moment, Republican Presidential challenger Mitt Romney now admits he was “completely wrong” in his now-infamous “47 percent” comment. Said Romney on Sean Hannity‘s show on Fox News: Clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you’re […]

The Debates, Round One: Aggressive Romney comes out swinging

The Debates, Round One: Aggressive Romney comes out swinging

In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not going to cut it,” declared the Republican challenger. Democrat Obama in turn accused […]

What you missed on and off stage at the debate

What you missed on and off stage at the debate

Most voters watched the debate on the television and didn’t get to see what happened before and after President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took the stage. And even then, some of the nonverbal exchanges were lost in broadcast. Here’s what those voters missed: ___ OUTSIDE THE HALL Not everyone was a fan of what […]

Social media verdict: Bad news for Big Bird, Jim Lehrer

Social media verdict: Bad news for Big Bird, Jim Lehrer

Social networks lit up Wednesday as users argued over who emerged as the key character from Wednesday’s first president debate. The candidates? Forget it — most attention focused on moderator Jim Lehrer, or the cherished children’s TV character Big Bird. Here are some of key online trends from the night: —BIG BIRD: As Republican Mitt […]

Obama’s Katrina speech: Smoking gun or pathetic partisanship?

Obama’s Katrina speech:  Smoking gun or pathetic partisanship?

If one can accept the hyperbole of right-wing blowhards Tucker Carlson and Matt Drudge — two has beens looking for ways to generate Internet “buzz” — a video of a 2007 speech by then-Senator Barack Obama is a “smoking gun” that can bring down his presidency. While a real smoking gun would be a welcome […]

Right wing gets self-righteous over Obama video

Conservatives on Tuesday used a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric. “There’s no way you can listen to this speech and not hear it as a deliberately divisive speech that pits Americans against each other and does so largely with racial innuendoes that […]