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Unemployment Fell in November, Hitting Lowest Level in Two and a Half Years

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since March 2009, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

The economy added 120,000 new jobs in November, in line with economists' expectations of an increase of 122,000, according to Reuters. That's just shy of the 125,000 most economists say the labor market needs to gain to keep the unemployment rate steady. Bringing the rate down a percentage point over a year would take closer to 200,000 new jobs each month.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Romney: Despite Good Jobs News, Obama Will Have 'Hard Time Putting a Perfume on This Pig'

Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time denouncing what could be a potential boost for President Obama, saying that despite Friday morning's news that unemployment in November hit a 32-month low, the president will have a "hard time putting a perfume on this pig."

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Unemployment Fell in November, Hitting Lowest Level in Two and a Half Years

The unemployment rate dropped to 8.6 percent in November, the lowest level since March 2009, the Labor Department reported on Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Smith Calls for Information on Kagan's Health Care Reform Role -- Post

The Obama administration needs to disclose Justice Elena Kagan's involvement in the review of health care reform legislation, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, argues in a Washington Post op-ed on Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Hotline Sort: Feeling Confident

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Gingrich is confident he'll be the GOP nominee, Cain's support in Iowa takes a dive, Cuccinelli confirms he's running for governor, and Republicans still have their doubts about Mitt Romney. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

QUICK TAKE: Obama Announces $4B Initiative to Upgrade Buildings

President Obama will announce on Friday a $4 billion initiative to upgrade buildings to be more energy efficient. The investment will include $2 billion from the public sector and $2 billion from the private sector.

Sixty CEOs have invested in what National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling called a triple win. “These are initiatives that are not only good for energy efficiency, are not only good for creating jobs… but they also have the ability to pay for themselves," he said.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Rick Perry Relives Recent Gaffes with Jay Leno

Rick Perry continued his I’m-just-human tour Thursday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as he relived some recent gaffes on the campaign trail, including a recent flub of both the voting age (he said it was 21; it's 18) and date of the 2012 election during a New Hampshire campaign stop this week (he said it was Nov. 12; it's Nov. 6).

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Ex-Sen. John Danforth to Endorse Mitt Romney

While his presidential rivals battle for the conservative wing of his party, Mitt Romney's efforts to corral a different kind of constituency will get a boost on Friday when former Sen. John Danforth endorses the former Massachusetts governor for president.

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Cain Accuser: 'Sex Was Involved'

Ginger White, who alleged this week that she had a 13-year extramarital affair with presidential candidate Herman Cain, acknowledged Thursday night that she sought his financial assistance and said his assertion that she is lying about their relationship are "hurtful."

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 10:40am

Protesters Interrupt Cain Speech -- VIDEO

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 11:40pm