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A Jump in Economic Optimism, but Will It Last?

December 12, 2014
Amy Walter | Cook Political Report
For the last couple of years we’ve been hearing the same story. While unemployment drops and the stock market rises, Americans’ views of the economy remain dour. Some Democrats argue that’s because the president and the party haven’t done a good enough job selling the economic recovery. Others point to flat wage growth and anemic GDP growth. But the latest poll from CNBC’s “All-America Economic Survey” (conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies) finds Americans are more optimistic about the economy than they have been in the last three years. While lower gas prices may be part of the reason for this new-found enthusiasm, it’s also clear that there has been a steady (if slow) uptick in optimism.
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Why aren’t voters embracing the economic upswing?

October 31, 2014
The U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, consumer confidence and growth are up and the jobless rate is down. But polls show that voters’ feelings about the economy lag behind the signs of improvement. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour political director Domenico Montanaro about some of the races that will most affected by the economy.
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Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan

October 23, 2014
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much as happened in the 1990s, when a Republican-led Congress confronted President Bill Clinton.

Obama Names Ebola Czar, Economic Recovery Anxiety, Midterm Debates and ISIS Movement

October 17, 2014
Will the new Ebola Czar help contain panic and fears about the virus?
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Shrinking U.S. deficit shows stability amid market jitters

October 16, 2014
Worries about Ebola, Europe and the U.S. economy drove another dive on Wall Street. On the same day, the Obama administration announced the national deficit has declined to its lowest level since 2007. Gwen Ifill talks to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Budget Director Shaun Donovan about signs of a stabilizing economy, as well as why Americans are skeptical of the improvement.
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Obama says his economic vision will be a key issue in midterm election

October 3, 2014
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama sought out a hometown crowd Thursday for his message that has gotten little traction elsewhere recently — on the nation’s slow but steady economic recovery.
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Who’s the boss?

September 10, 2014
Greg Ip | The Economist
FEDEX, Walmart and McDonald’s are among America’s largest employers. Yet many of the people who drive FedEx’s delivery trucks, staff Walmart’s warehouses and serve McDonald’s hamburgers are not their employees. Instead, they work for subcontractors, franchisees or themselves.
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Why the U.S. economy is outperforming many of its peers

September 5, 2014
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
Here are three statements, all of them true: America’s job market is doing better than most of its peers’ after the Great Recession; America’s job market isn’t doing so hot; America is creating a lot of low-quality jobs, but its job quality could be worse.
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