Unemployment rate dropped from 9.4% to 9.0% last month, according new Labor Department statistics. But only 36,000 new jobs were created. Where did the rest of the unemployed go?
Congressional Republicans say they won't raise the debt ceiling until spending is changed. That's not a principled stand, it's a threat against America honoring its word.
Obama and his senior staff are hard at work on the size and shape of his White House team as they prepare for the 2012 elections. He hopes to spend more time outside of Washington.
Unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent, as US economy gained a disappointing 39,000 jobs last month, versus 172,000 in October. The news may prod Congress toward more stimulus spending.
Obama stands at the head of a party poised to lose control of Congress in Vote 2010. Democrats' handling of economic issues and the high unemployment rate are key factors.
The US economy grew 2 percent in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reports. But imports limited the benefit to the GDP from increased consumer and business spending.
Today, we need more money flowing into the economy, not less. Translation: tax less, spend more. But it's time for back-loaded programs to ease the deficit as soon as the economy can bear it.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he works well with new National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. But reports suggest there has been friction between Donilon and the Pentagon in the past.
A woman plays with an alpaca in a meadow at the Alpaca Land farm in Goeming, near Salzburg, Austria, on Friday. Eighty-seven alpacas live on the Austrian farm, forming the biggest flock in the nation.