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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton...

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The Politics of the Jobs Report

We’re still crawling out of the deep crater we fell into in 2008 and 2009. The percent of the working-age population now working or actively looking for work is higher than it was, but still near a 30-year low. But at least we’re crawling out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE


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The First Presidential Debate: Style vs. Substance

In Wednesday night’s debate, Romney won on style while Obama won on substance. Romney sounded as if he had conviction, which means he’s either convinced himself that the lies he tells are true or he’s a fabulous actor.

Posted on Oct 4, 2012 READ MORE


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First Presidential Debate: Questions That are Unlikely to Be Asked

A sampling of questions you should not expect debate moderator Jim Lehrer to ask during Wednesday’s night highly anticipated showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE


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The Week Ahead: Wednesday’s Presidential Debate and Friday’s Jobs Report

The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? Why It’s Too Late

Romney’s stories on the campaign trail have been about business successes—people who started businesses in garages and grew their companies into global giants, millionaires who began poor. Curiously absent from these narratives have been the stories of ordinary Americans caught in an economy over which they have no control. At least until now.

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Mitt Romney’s Biggest Problem: He’s Giving the GOP Exactly What It Wants in a Candidate

There are two major theories about why Romney is dropping in the polls. One is Romney is a lousy candidate, unable to connect with people or make his case.The second is that Americans are finally beginning to see how radical the GOP has become, and are repudiating it.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


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Four Reasons Why Romney Still Might Win

For the last several days I’ve been deluged with calls from my inside-the-beltway friends telling me “Romney’s dead.” Hold it. Rumors of Romney’s demise are premature for at least four reasons:

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE


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ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the
University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the
Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten most
effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written
thirteen books, including the best sellers “Aftershock” and “The Work
of Nations.” His latest, “Beyond Outrage,” is now out in paperback. He
is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine and
chairman of Common Cause.

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