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The Weekly Standard is hiring.
2:20 PM, Nov 24, 2014

The Weekly Standard has a full-time position available for an editorial assistant. Duties will include fact-checking, research, and proofreading.

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Help Wanted

The Weekly Standard is hiring.
Nov 24, 2014

The Weekly Standard has a full-time position available for an editorial assistant. Duties will include fact-checking, research, and proofreading.

Candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to: 

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A Very Merry Shopping Season Indeed

3:45 PM, Nov 22, 2014

Some 140 million bargain-hunting customers will descend on retailers on Thanksgiving Day, so-called Black Friday, and throughout next weekend -- or at least those who haven’t shopped already or by early next week will head for the shops. Not so long ago most stores remained closed  on Thanksgiving Day, on the assumption that families preferred to spend the holiday enjoying uninterrupted togetherness, downing some 46 million turkeys and watching football. No longer. Walmart, Macy’s, and many others are opening their doors on the holiday.

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Good Enough for Government (Tele)Work

10:36 AM, Nov 19, 2014

The headline over this Government Executive article reads:

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2:48 PM, Nov 13, 2014

Recent news on the economy has been generally encouraging so it is possible that this week’s first time claims number could be a one-off.

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Unemployment: So-So

10:10 AM, Nov 07, 2014

The monthly BLS report on unemployment comes in under expectations which were for some 235,000 news jobs.  So the 214,000 is a downside miss.  However, the new benchmark for “good, not great” seems to be a monthly increase in of 200,000.  And the economy has hit that number for nine consecutive months.

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First Time Claims: Lower and Better

10:18 AM, Nov 06, 2014

Lorraine Woellert of Bloomberg reports:

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Voters Consider Mixed Economic Signals

11:00 PM, Oct 31, 2014

On Tuesday those of us who have not already availed ourselves of postal ballots or early voting will troop to the polls to elect all 435 members of the House of Representatives, 36 of the 100 senators, 36 governors, and a host of politicians vying for local office. These old-fashioned voters will cast their votes when consumer confidence in the economy is at its highest level in about seven years. But a vast majority, although now more confident in the economy, also hold the seemingly contradictory view that our country is heading into its future on what pollsters call “the wrong track.”

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Troubling News on Consumer Spending

1:28 PM, Oct 31, 2014

News on the economy had been promising these last few days, especially the GDP increase in the last quarter.  Today comes a not-so-good report on consumer spending.  As Victoria Stilwell reports at Bloomberg:

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Gaining Momentum?

8:08 AM, Oct 30, 2014

The indicators for the economy are looking good.  For those who view the world through a political prism, this news may be coming too late to help the president and his party in the mid-terms.  And for those whose view is long and wide, the skies are not entirely blue.  There is the matter of labor force participation, which is historically low. Also home ownership, which is also in a deep trough.  And interest rates will soon be rising.  Still …

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Durables Down

11:24 AM, Oct 28, 2014

The number for September orders of durable goods is one of three that were anticipated as indicators of where the economy is headed … or if it is merely treading water. (Housing prices and consumer confidence are the others.) Expectations were for a modest increase in durables after a bad number last month.

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Inflation Is Hard

1:04 PM, Oct 27, 2014

The Peter Drucker sallies about how government “can only do two things well: wage war and inflate the currency” is being severely tested.  Today, we see this headline, over a piece by Jonathan Spicer of Reuters 

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9:15 AM, Oct 27, 2014
The president insists that his programs have done great things for the economy and that, while he is not on the ballot in next week’s elections, his policies are. Well, as Mike Dorning of Bloomberg reports:The typical American worker’s weekly earnings, adjusted for inflation, were lower during the July through September quarter than in the third quarter of 2007, the last such measurement before the recession started, Labor Department datareleased yesterday showed. And:In September, 7.1 million Americans worked part-time for economic reasons, down from a peak of 9.2 million in March 2010, though still higher than the 4.5 million who did so in November 2007, on the eve of the recession. Read more

So Who Does Create Jobs?

11:36 AM, Oct 25, 2014

Hillary Clinton, doing her no-bull, forceful leader number, tells an audience:

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How to Make the Inversion Problem Even Worse

Treasury’s regulatory non-solution makes a legislative fix much more difficult to achieve.
2:01 PM, Oct 21, 2014

Amidst the cliched rhetoric decrying “unpatriotic” companies that accompanied the Obama administration’s recent move to address corporate inversions, it was easy to miss the fact that there is relatively little of substance that can be remedied via regulation alone, even with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew stretching the limits of executive power.

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Biden: 'The Middle Class Is Getting Killed'

2:17 PM, Oct 16, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden talked about the trouble the middle class is having during the Barack Obama presidency at an event earlier today in Philadelphia:

"The middle class is getting killed," Biden said.

"In the last ten years, average salary of the middle class in America according to Standard & Poor's has gone up 14 cents."

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Mixed Signals

9:39 AM, Oct 16, 2014

First time claims came in on the low side. Unexpectedly so.  Which seems, paradoxically, predictable. 

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If It Wasn’t For Bad News …

10:46 AM, Oct 15, 2014

As Myles Udland of Business Insider reports:

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Panetta Calls for White House Shake-Up

10:32 AM, Oct 12, 2014

President Obama's former defense secretary, Leon Panetta, called for a White House shake-up this morning on CBS:

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Obama: 'Gains in Our Economy Go to the Folks Who Are in This Lovely Yard'

6:01 AM, Oct 10, 2014

At a Hollywood fundraiser last night in Gwyneth Paltrow's backyard, President Obama explained that the rich are getting richer. "Most of the gains in our economy go to the folks who are in this lovely yard," Obama said.

By contrast, the president explained that income and wages have been stagnant for "the average person."

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State Dept. Diplomatic Security Jobs: 'MANY Vacancies'

6:27 AM, Oct 09, 2014

The State Department this week posted a notice that applications are being accepted for Foreign Service Security Protective Specialist positions in the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security to provide a "variety of personal protective services to Department officials and employees at overseas locations." While the announcement says there are a "limited number" of positions to fill, elsewhere there are indications that the number may actually be considerable.

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In Battlegrounds States, Incomes Have Dropped on Incumbents’ Watch

7:48 AM, Oct 08, 2014

If James Carville is still remotely right that “It’s the economy, stupid,” then it’s no wonder that it has been tough sledding for Senate incumbents this fall.  Members of the Senate class that’s up for reelection this year were, of course, elected (or reelected) in November 2008 and began their current 6-year terms in January 2009.  Using tallies from 2009 as the baseline, therefore, inflation-adjusted median household incomes have actually fallen on these senators’ watch in 11 of the 12 battleground states they represent.  That’s a hard thing to explain to voters, especially if your party has been in the majority throughout that time.

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Getting Better?

11:12 AM, Oct 02, 2014

Carol E. Lee of the Wall Street Journal reports that the president will be turning his attention back (“pivoting,” it is called) to the economy in an effort to get Democrats elected next month.

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Numbers from the Uncertain Economy

8:39 AM, Oct 01, 2014

Coming in ahead of the unemployment figure for September, which will be released on Friday, and tomorrow’s weekly first-time-claims number, the ADP jobs report might be some sort of harbinger.

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What the Long Term Unemployed Need: Jobs

9:03 AM, Sep 30, 2014

This is the conclusion, as Pedro Nicolaci Da Costa of the Wall Street Journal  reports, reached by:

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1 in 4 Americans 25-54 Not Working

7:35 AM, Sep 26, 2014

A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee shows a startling fact: Almost 1 in 4 Americans between the ages of 25-54 (or prime working years) are not working. 

Here's a chart showing those in that age group currently employed (95.6 million) and those who aren't (28.9 million):

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Numbers: Good & Not So Good

9:33 AM, Sep 25, 2014

First time claims are looking good.  As Jeffry Bartash at Maket Watch reports:

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Fed's Gloomy Forecast

9:10 AM, Sep 20, 2014

If you know how many months there are in a “considerable time,” you will know exactly when Janet Yellen and her colleagues on the Federal Reserve Board’s monetary policy committee plan to begin raising interest rates.

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A Recovery in Name Only

2:26 PM, Sep 19, 2014

Ben Casselman and Reuben Fischer-Baum of 538 have gone inside the numbers (as they say) of the economic recovery and their findings are not comforting.

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Study: 1.9 Million Americans Falling Into Obamacare 'Family Glitch'

11:15 AM, Sep 18, 2014

A new study from the American Action Forum finds that "1.9 Million Americans [Are] Falling into the ACA Created 'Family Glitch.'"

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