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President Obama signs multi-billion dollar jobs bill into law

President Barack Obama offered hope Thursday that the faltering US economy will soon create more jobs, as he signed a multibillion-dollar employment package to aid the fragile recovery. Signing into law a 17.6-billion-dollar measure designed to boost hiring, Obama said the economy was “beginning to move in the right direction,”…

Senate sends jobs bill to Obama

WASHINGTON — Amid deep election-year worries about high unemployment, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to send President Barack Obama a 17.6-billion-dollar package aimed at creating jobs. “It is the first of what I hope will be a series of jobs packages,” Obama told reporters shortly after the 68-29 vote,…

DeLay: People are unemployed because they want to be

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says that Sen. Jim Bunning was “brave” for blocking an extension in unemployment benefits. DeLay subscribes to the notion that people only try to find jobs when their benefits run out. “There is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits,…

Conservatives believe Obama adviser’s forecast is a ‘snow job’

The conservative-leaning Drudge Report sported the following all-caps banner Tuesday morning: “OBAMA ADVISER: WINTER TO ‘DISTORT’ UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES.” The Reuters article, that Drudge links to, reports “White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be…

Kyl defends Bunning blocking unemployment benefits

On the morning of the day unemployment benefits are set to expire across America, one Republican senator defended the ideology of another. “All Senator Bunning was saying quite correctly is it ought to be paid for,” Sen. Jon Kyl told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Sen. Kyl (R-AZ) explained Sunday why…

GOP senator blocks unemployment benefits extension: ‘Tough shit’

Republican Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) on Thursday night expressed his opposition to renewing unemployment benefits on the Senate floor with an unusually harsh message for its backers: “Tough shit.” Bunning repeatedly and single-handedly objected to an effort by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to attain unanimous consent among senators for extending…

Fox guest blames Obama for rise in domestic violence

A conservative talk show host says President Barack Obama is “partly” to blame for a rise in domestic violence because of the deteriorating job situation over the past year — and because the president has criticized Las Vegas. In discussion on Fox News about Sen. Harry Reid’s comment Monday linking…

GOP strategist Matalin: Bush ‘inherited’ 9/11 attacks from Clinton

Update at bottom: Matalin ‘lied’ about Bush inheriting recession No amount of spit and polish can clean the tarnish of the 9/11 attacks from the Bush legacy, but that didn’t stop GOP strategist Mary Matalin from trying. During a Sunday appearance on CNN, Matalin attempted to prop up an analogy…

US jobless claims dip to 15-month low

WASHINGTON — New US claims for jobless benefits dropped to the lowest level since September 2008, government data showed, in a fresh sign of optimism for a weak labor market. The seasonally adjusted initial claims in the week ending December 19 was 452,000, a decrease of 28,000 from the previous…

Top Obama aide: Jobless rate may grow in coming months

President Barack Obama’s top economic aide Christina Romer said Sunday the US jobless rate could rise further and that the improving US economy is not yet out of recession. Asked if the 10 percent unemployment rate could go higher, Romer, who heads up the White House Council of Economic Advisers,…

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