Rather than being focused on local issues, such as the impact of large-scale mining, the protests have expressed a broad frustration with Peru's political establishment. In this way, they mirror recent protests in Brazil.
Congress was able to avoid the "fiscal cliff" -- a sharp fiscal consolidation at the start of 2013, which threatened to push the economy back into recession. Nonetheless, taxes are set to rise on workers (a temporary payroll tax cut was not extended) and high incomes will be taxed more heavily.
How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?
The arcane details of this key indicator help keep financial analysts employed and enliven discussion on cable business channels. But one key to reading the jobs report is to step back and take a bit of perspective.