Brookings Institution

March jobs report disappointing, fewest adds in nine months

March jobs report disappointing, fewest adds in nine months

U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, the fewest in nine months and a sharp retreat after a period of strong hiring. The slowdown may signal that the economy is heading into a weak spring. The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dipped to 7.6 percent, the lowest in four years, from […]

Obama’s ‘green energy programs’ slow to take root

Obama’s ‘green energy programs’ slow to take root

Three weeks ago, President Barack Obama stood in front of a sea of gleaming solar panels in Boulder City, Nevada, to celebrate his administration’s efforts to promote “green energy.” Stretching row upon row into the desert, the Copper Mountain Solar Project not far from Las Vegas provided an impressive backdrop for the president. Built on […]

The Army: Be all that you can’t know

The Army: Be all that you can’t know

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday. The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military […]

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US […]

Life in the burbs ain’t what it used to be

Life in the burbs ain’t what it used to be

The numbingly similar tract homes, endless strip malls and multiple minivans filled with youth soccer players indelibly mark this former Indian mission territory as a Kansas City suburb. Look deeper, and a more nuanced portrait of Johnson County, Kansas emerges: an economic powerhouse that has eclipsed its big-city neighbor in political influence. An educated community […]

Can Obama get his presidency back?

Can Obama get his presidency back?

BP chief executive Tony Hayward committed a faux pas when he admitted he wanted his life back. President Barack Obama is too smart to say it aloud, but he wants his presidency back. To that end, the president’s team this past week unilaterally declared an “inflection point” in the Gulf of Mexico debacle. He framed […]