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November, 02, 2012

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In our last show before Election Day, we take a look at the final campaign sprint in a close election. Also, Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern United States and influences the last week of the race. Also, a look at the new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen: Jackie Calmes, New York Times; John Harris, Politico; John Harwood, CNBC and New York Times; Amy Walter, ABC News.

Romney's jobs math doesn't add up

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Mitt Romney’s plan to create 12 million jobs in his first term relies on two kinds of policies: ones that are politically improbable, bordering on the impossible, and ones that will be in place no matter who wins next week’s presidential election.

Economy adds 96K jobs

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U.S. payrolls grew by a weaker-than-expected 96,000 in August, but the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, Labor Department says

Two Conventions Down, No Signs of Quick Help for the Jobless

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The voters demand action on jobs, and on Thursday night, the incumbent president running amid the worst election-year labor market in modern American history responded with the following: A bloody evisceration of his opponent’s economic philosophy. (“Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning!”)

Can Obama Overcome Job Numbers -- and History?

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When 8.3 percent of Americans are unemployed and an election is a little over three months away, it's a flat-out certainty that President Obama is going to have to defy some historical assumptions to find a path to victory.

July 6, 2012

Weekly Show

President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania and accuses Romney of outsourcing jobs during his time at Bain Capital. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney says that the federal health care mandate is indeed a tax. Plus, new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jan Crawford, CBS News; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Amy Walter, ABC News.

 

PBS NewsHour: Labor Union Election Sheds Light on Embattled Future

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As local governments roll back employee pensions and benefits, the nation's largest public labor union is preparing for an internal leadership battle that could shape its external mission. Gwen Ifill analyzes the stakes with Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times and Alec MacGillis of the New Republic.

Immigration Ruling Won't be End of the Road

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As the Supreme Court readies a decision on Arizona's tough immigration law, the consensus among advocates on both sides is that at least part of the measure will be upheld. If that happens, a separate pending case might block the law from taking effect.

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An Election Referendum or a Choice?

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Is November's presidential election a referendum on President Obama's record or a choice between two different approaches to government? How voters answer that question could well determine the outcome.

Obama to Order Immunity for Young Illegal Immigrants

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President Obama has ordered his administration to stop deporting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as young children and who do not pose a security threat, senior administration officials said this morning. Effective immediately, young immigrants who arrived before they turned 16 will be allowed to apply for work permits as long as they have no criminal history and meet a series of other criteria, officials said.