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Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Election Day: Would More Vote If They Had The Day Off?

Even with both Republican and Democratic parties bragging about their ground game, Americans will likely hit Nov. 7 knowing at least one number: just 50 to 60 percent of the voting age population will have cast ballots. There are many reasons for this. For people in non-swing states, their presidential choice... Read More »

Election 2012's Big Question: Is The Jobs Picture Improving?

Election 2012's Big Question: Is The Jobs Picture Improving?

Are you better off than you were four years ago? It's the quadrennial question that hangs over every presidential election. Four years ago, with a devastating financial crisis gripping America and the world, the answer was obviously, "no." This time around, the answer is more complicated. The official... Read More »

Romney Ad Blames Obama For Killing Bill's Barbecue, But Locals Disagree

Romney Ad Blames Obama For Killing Bill's Barbecue, But Locals Disagree

So far, one of the most controversial ads of the presidential campaign seemed to suggest that Mitt Romney was somehow to blame for a woman's cancer death. Now an ad from the Romney camp is being accused of mistakenly holding President Obama responsible for the death of a landmark barbecue joint in Richmond,... Read More »

FEMA Chief Craig Fugate: Is Obama's Fate In His Hands?

FEMA Chief Craig Fugate: Is Obama's Fate In His Hands?

Striking just a week before a presidential election, Hurricane Sandy could have been bad news for President Obama. The federal government doesn't have the cleanest record after all for swift and seamless natural disaster response. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been roundly praised for... Read More »

In Swing States, Military Veterans' Concerns Loom Large

In Swing States, Military Veterans' Concerns Loom Large

By Thomas Beaumont NORFOLK, Va. -- The far-flung swing states that have the most sway in the presidential election have something else in common -- a large share of military veterans who are getting special attention from the fiercely dueling campaigns. In a White House campaign this hard-fought, no... Read More »

The Job Market In Swing States: Will That Predict The Election?

The Job Market In Swing States: Will That Predict The Election?

"Are you better off now than you were when Obama took office?" This has been Mitt Romney's campaign trail refrain, and so October's jobs numbers were greeted heartily by team Obama. Unemployment is now at 7.9 percent -- around the same rate as January 2009 -- which means that for the average American, the... Read More »

Obama And Romney's Positions On Outsourcing

Obama And Romney's Positions On Outsourcing

By Christopher S. Rugaber The issue: U.S. multinational companies have taken advantage of lower trade barriers over the past 15 years to shift jobs and production to lower-wage countries, a practice generally known as outsourcing. That's cut costs for consumers and helped those companies grow, which can... Read More »

Obama vs. Romney: Who Is Better For Women?

Obama vs. Romney: Who Is Better For Women?

Before the debate Tuesday evening, Romney had successfully obliterated Obama's lead, almost entirely thanks to women voters. According to a Pew poll, Obama was ahead a staggering 18 points among women, which was thoroughly quashed by his wearied-professor performance. Winning women is a key to a November... Read More »

Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Rate Plummeting

Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment Rate Plummeting

New data from Gallup affirms official government statistics, showing that the unemployment rate is dropping sharply. Gallup's data finds that unemployment has declined from 7.9 percent in late September to 7.3 percent in mid-October, the lowest since Gallup began collecting data in January 2010. Take a look... Read More »

Obama Campaign Calls Out Romney's '12 Million Jobs' Plan As Phony

Obama Campaign Calls Out Romney's '12 Million Jobs' Plan As Phony

In the last debate, President Obama took a lot of flak from his base for failing to pounce on what they saw as Mitt Romney's endless fibbing. And it seems this time, the Obama camp is on the offensive, seizing on a scathing Washington Post analysis, published this morning, that gave Romney's jobs plan "four... Read More »

Presidential Debates 2012: Top Jobs Terms Candidates Throw Around

Presidential Debates 2012: Top Jobs Terms Candidates Throw Around

By Susan Ricker Two of the hottest topics this election season are employment and the economy. When you're following the presidential debate on Tuesday night or just listening to the news, refer to this glossary of job-related terms and you'll better understand the issues. Read More »

White House Pushes To Increase Veterans' Employment [VIDEO]

White House Pushes To Increase Veterans' Employment [VIDEO]

It's been a year since the Obama Administration launched a major veteran hiring initiative... Read More »

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

BLS Economist Explains Why 'Cooked Jobs Report' Charge Is 'Preposterous'

It's 32 days before election day, and an embattled president receives news that could only bring him joy. For the first time since Barack Obama's first month in office, the national unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent, to a September tally of 7.8 percent. "Well, isn't that convenient?" in effect... Read More »

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8 Percent, Nearly 4-Year Low

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON -- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3... Read More »

Presidential Debate Scorecard: Who Told The Truth, Who Didn't

Presidential Debate Scorecard: Who Told The Truth, Who Didn't

When you pit two graduates of Harvard Law School against each other in a debate, it should come as little shock when the end result is a night dominated by stats. And that's what the first 2012 presidential debate between Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney was -- high on policy. Read More »

Non-Partisan Cheat Sheet For The Presidential Debates

Non-Partisan Cheat Sheet For The Presidential Debates

When President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time tonight, Americans will be looking to answer two questions: Did Obama, given the free-falling economy he faced when he entered office, do a good enough job of fixing it? And who will be better for the... Read More »

5 Tough Questions For The Presidential Candidates

5 Tough Questions For The Presidential Candidates

Every four years at this time the major candidates for president face off to discuss, argue and debate the nation's problems. The first of the 2012 presidential debates is Wednesday night, and President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, each want to be seen as... Read More »

The Indignity Of Outsourcing: One Former Boeing Worker's Tale

The Indignity Of Outsourcing: One Former Boeing Worker's Tale

It's a topic that reemerges in the national conversation every four years -- outsourcing. And this year, the corporate policy of sending jobs overseas, also known as "offshoring," has been front-and-center during the 2012 campaign, in large part because one candidate, Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt... Read More »

Is Fracking A Solution To The Jobs Crisis? Separating Facts From Spin

Is Fracking A Solution To The Jobs Crisis? Separating Facts From Spin

The 20th century is often referred to as the "American Century" as it was during that time when the U.S. emerged as an economic and political superpower. But a decade into the 21st century, with the country mired in a jobs crisis alongside its eternal struggle to find new sources of energy, some companies in... Read More »

How To Get Americans Back To Work: Advice For The President

How To Get Americans Back To Work: Advice For The President

As the 2012 presidential election enters the home stretch, there seems to be little doubt that jobs and the economy will dominate not only the presidential debates but also the national conversation. Just what should the next president do to get the national unemployment rate to below 8 percent, where it... Read More »

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