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UPDATE: Obama To Speak In Denver Next Week

Posted 11.23.2011 | Denver

Rumors are flying that President Obama will make a speech at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver next Tuesday as part of the president’s campaign ...

Matt Sledge

Beyond Growth Potential, China's High Speed Rail Lessons For U.S. Are Few | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

President Obama's trip to the Brent Spence Bridge on Thursday points to the difficulties inherent in getting specific about infrastructure spending: n...

Jason Linkins

The Brent Spence Bridge May Not Be 'Shovel-Ready,' But It Nevertheless Exemplifies The Need For Infrastructure Spending | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Today, President Barack Obama is travelling to Ohio to tout his plans to create jobs through infrastructure spending. He will be appearing in front of...

Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Takes Off

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Previous to her announcement, three polls put her 9-to-19 points behind Brown. Now, the one statewide poll out since her announcement shows her popularity spiking dramatically.

Even Rick Perry Knows Obama's Plan Isn't Class Warfare

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Just the other day in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry said America is a classless society? It's too bad the Texas governor didn't alert the Republicans in Congress before they started mouthing off about how President Obama's tax proposals are "class warfare."

Obama Finally Gets Tough

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

President Obama came out swinging on Monday, heeding the advice of his critics in taking a firm stand on his positions for fixing the economy and reducing unemployment in the face of intense, unyielding opposition from Republicans.

Obama Isn't Trying to Start 'Class Warfare' -- He Wants to End the Republican War on the Middle Class

Robert Creamer | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

If I were a Republican, the last thing I'd want to talk about is "class warfare." For 30 years Republicans and their Wall Street allies have conducted a sustained, effective war on the American middle class.

Biden Due In Chicago For Fundraising Events

Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

Just one day after his predecessor was in town promoting his autobiography, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is due in Chicago for two re-election campai...

The Best Jobs Idea I've Heard From a Candidate So Far

Conor White-Sullivan | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Conor White-Sullivan

Alan Khazei's proposal on jobs is remarkable for its simplicity. We give out 99 weeks of unemployment insurance now. What if we turned that into a voucher that employers could redeem for 99 weeks of wages?

Now Is Our Time

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

All of us must engage in the fight to win our future. We know the House Republican Caucus is being strangled by the Tea Party and we know the President cannot win passage of this landmark set of ideas on his own. We must stand on his side of the line.

A Progressive Alternative to Obama's Jobs Plan

Bob Samuels | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Bob Samuels

The only way to bring back full employment is for the government to simply step in and hire people -- no one else will.

America's Most Underrated Careers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

As the debate over job creation in America continues to heat up in Washington, turns out there are several careers worth taking a closer look at. ...

Obama Sneaks Job-Killing, Anti-Minority Small-Business Policy Past Mainstream Media

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 11.19.2011 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

One day after President Obama announced the American Jobs Act, his administration quietly announced plans to dismantle one of the nation's most successful programs to create jobs in minority communities from coast to coast.

They Can't All Be Idiots!

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

What has been lost in public discourse is the use of hard facts to make the point we want to get across. Reporting is too often simply the restating of what someone else says without checking the facts.

Job Creation And The G.O.P.

The New Yorker | James Surowiecki | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

There is no truer truism in American politics than James Carville’s catchphrase from the 1992 election “It’s the economy, stupid.” When people...

Muddled Class Warfare

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Deficit reduction as a cure for a prolonged jobs recession not only mixes the message, it does nothing to put unemployed people back to work and it deprives government of the resources it needs to help the needy and get the economy back on track.

Strategy Corner: Obama -- Don't Bring Back Class Warfare

Mark Penn | Posted 11.18.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

Obama should be working as a president, not a candidate. He should be claiming the vital center, not abandoning it. And most of all, he should be bringing the country together rather than dividing it through class warfare.

Friday Talking Points -- Ads Obama Should Run

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama should run a few ads right now which do not even mention the election. Instead of saying "vote for me!" these ads should say "pass my jobs bill" in as many creative ways as possible.

Matt Sledge

True High-Speed Rail Projects Unlikely To Be Fast-Tracked By Jobs Bill Funds | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

When President Obama revealed his jobs bill last week, you could almost hear the high-fives from transportation advocates across the country. If th...

Still Think Obama's Job Speech Was a Success?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

It's been a week since President Obama's much hyped jobs speech and it's safe to say, aside from some mildly impressive oratory and attempts at strategic partisan posturing, the speech is a failure in terms of what truly matters.

WATCH: Maddow's Harsh Takedown Of Dem. Senator

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Media

Rachel Maddow mocked a Democratic senator on her Thursday show for what she called his "inexplicable" opposition to President Obama's jobs bill. Ma...

Elise Foley

Democratic Leaders: Jobs Plan Will Receive Support From Caucus | Elise Foley | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hours after it was reported that Democrats were abandoning a jobs bill before it was introduced, party leadership insisted that Democrat...

Unemployment Surpasses 'The Economy' As Country's Biggest Concern: Gallup

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

It's the unemployment, stupid, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday. Almost 40 percent of Americans said in September that unemployment or...

Jason Linkins

The Next Obstacle For The American Jobs Act: Congressional Democrats | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics

In my recent discussions on passing the American Jobs Act, it seemed clear to me that President Barack Obama was working to create an environment in which the GOP leadership, seeing that job creation was in their best interests, might become amenable to bargaining, as opposed to obstruction. A pretty dicey gamble, considering how well obstruction has worked out for the GOP electorally! Of course, what I should have considered is the first major obstacle the bill would face would actually come in the form of intra-caucus undermining from the Democrats themselves.

Foreclosures Notices Surge In August, Signaling Pain For Housing Market

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.15.2011 | Business

Home foreclosures, after slowing to a crawl over the past year, seem to be gaining momentum again, a sign that heralds both pain and perhaps eventual ...