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2:25 PM, Apr 15, 2009 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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During a White House press briefing yesterday, ABC's Jake Tapper pointed out that unemployment is right about where an Obama economic adviser predicted it would be without the stimulus.

Tapper also noted that Obama had announced the 2,000th stimulus project the day before, but it turns out that this is the 2,000th planned project. Tapper asks Gibbs: How many projects have actually been started?

Gibbs will, uh, look into it: "I can certainly look for a number. I think what we highlighted was the fact that you've got bids that are coming in. You've got the acceptance of a bid. But I can get exact numbers in terms of how much ground has actually been broken."

Oh, and about that very worthwhile 2,000th project, the Christian Science Monitor reports:

[I]t seems almost churlish to question whether Kalamazoo County really needs three east- and three west-bound lanes on I-94, especially at a cost of $68 million to federal taxpayers.

While the population of the western Michigan county has grown 3 percent since 2000, it's not exactly congested. "We've got a lot of things to deal with out here, but traffic isn't one of them," said Monitor correspondent and Kalamazoo resident Yvonne Zipp in an interview.

Rush hour lasts 10 minutes, maybe 15 on a Friday, she added.