UPDATE: No net growth in new jobs in August kept the US unemployment rate at 9.1 percent. Six reasons the country is struggling to put people to work – and why it may not last.
Obama sees a push to innovate as the answer to a stalled economy and falling US status. Critics say staying on the cutting edge is not what ails America.
GDP per capita and productivity are important indicators, too.
Paul Krugman is profiled in this week's issue of the New Yorker.
Conservatives, resisting big government outlays on principle, begin to build the case for other options.
His team looks ready to spend at least $675 billion on projects to jolt the US economy.