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Does Trump Know Where Jobs Really Come From?

Following an election that was, in large part, an expression of Americans’ deep unhappiness with the economy, President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back job growth and a booming stock market appear to be somewhat at odds with the policies he’s putting in place during the first 20 days of his presidency.

February 11, 2017
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Michigan Democratic Party meeting in Detroit

5 Reasons Democrats Need To Be Terrified About November

For one: Democratic voter turnout has been 285 percent worse in primary states with new voter ID laws than those without them.

March 7, 2016

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Christmas

The truth is there’s not much you can say to bum out your new uncle-to-be who’s wearing the “Make America Great Again” hat. But for any relatives who aren’t immune to facts, you can mention these five points.

December 24, 2015
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5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

Republicans need to believe that Barack Obama is a failure on par with George W. Bush and nothing you say will change that. But if politics come up at Thanksgiving, make these points for the benefit of your relatives who are not immune to facts.

November 23, 2015

5 Reasons Barack Obama Isn’t George W. Bush

Eventually, Republicans will have to speak to people who think an America that’s safer, stronger and has better access to health care than at any time in our existence in history isn’t all that bad. To prepare them, here are a few reasons why Barack Obama isn’t George W. Bush.

November 9, 2015
5 huge historical events that America is mostly ignoring

5 Huge Historical Events That America Is Mostly Ignoring

Some truly historic things have unfolded this summer, and been only glanced at by a media transfixed on conflict and personality.

September 7, 2015

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.6 Percent

2014 was the best year for job growth since 1999.

January 9, 2015
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Private Sector Added 230,000 Net New Jobs Last Month, ADP Says

The private sector added 230,000 net new jobs for the month of October, as reported by the ADP.

November 5, 2014

U.S. Services Sector Growth Jumps In July

Washington (AFP) — Activity in the U.S. services sector, the driver of the world’s largest economy, rose more than expected in July, data showed Tuesday. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its non-manufacturing purchasing managers index (PMI) jumped to 58.7 last month. That represents an increase of 2.7 percentage points compared with June, while […]

August 5, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Increases Are Not Killing Jobs

Remember when the right was convinced that raising the minimum wage would lead to disastrous job losses, all because of a Congressional Budget Office report that suggested President Obama’s plan to do so would cost the country jobs? It turns out that states that have upped their minimum wage are actually doing much better than states that haven’t. A Center for […]

July 7, 2014

Private-Sector Job Growth Slowed In May To 179,000, ADP Reports

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times Private-sector job growth slowed in May to 179,000, the lowest level since January, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday. The figure was below analyst expectations for 210,000 net new jobs. ADP also revised down its April estimate by 5,000, to 215,000. “After a strong post-winter rebound in April, […]

June 4, 2014

How Impressive Is Rick Perry’s ‘Texas Miracle?’

Rick Perry has made much of the “Texas Miracle” of job growth, but it may not be as miraculous as it first appears. According to the New York Times, many of the jobs added during Perry’s time as governor pay only minimum wage. “Much of Texas’s recent growth is the result of adding low-wage jobs. […]

August 17, 2011

Unemployment Claims Dip And Stocks Rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — After calamitous losses on Wall Street and fears of another recession, the economy got a dose of good news Thursday: The number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time since April. Layoffs are easing in most states, and some economists are predicting mild improvement in job […]

August 11, 2011