Spitzer and Clarke debate whether the monster storm smashed not just the Metro region but Mitt too. They agree that 'extreme weather' won't be an issue in Ohio this time but will and should be one in 2013. And does 7.9 percent = 270+ electoral votes?
Regarding the election, this news isn't likely to have much of an impact. There are very few undecided voters left and as this change was no shocker in either direction, it won't likely change any minds right or left.
The gold market dropped nearly $20 an ounce shortly after the U.S. Non-Farm Payroll report was released on Friday. However, after digging a bit into the report investors in the yellow metal should find those fears without grounds.
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.
Everyone piled on when the May employment numbers came out last week. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 275 points, its worst day of the year, and for the first time was down for 2012. But what if the pessimists are wrong in jumping so quickly to such conclusions?
The U.S. economy added a net total of 227,000 jobs in February, continuing steady employment growth of previous months. However, no aspect of the economy operates in isolation, and there are two outside forces that could throw employment.
The U.S. economy has become too complex to be understood by one set of statistics -- such as the monthly jobs report. And the resulting wild swings in growth projections can only unnerve the general public.