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Obama's Economic Predicament

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President Obama has almost no significant new openings to rev the stalling U.S. economy before November -- not with Congress as collaborators, at least. So what can he do? The White House says the president will deliver a speech describing his economic vision this month. Offering a public address is Obama's favored fallback when triggering a new phase of economic attention. The president is still touting his American Jobs Act of 2011, but his spokesman said Monday that Obama will continue to search for “potential new ideas.”

Obama Aims at Romney in New Ad

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With a new TV ad, President Barack Obama’s campaign is putting more muscle into its effort to paint Mitt Romney’s tenure as Massachusetts governor as a failure on job creation. The Obama campaign began making this case last week with a news conference and a Web video. Now the campaign is out with a TV spot that will run in nine battleground states in what a campaign official called a “significant” purchase of air time.

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The Politics of Jobs

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Discussing what the third spring slowdown in a row means for the Obama campaign, with CNBC's John Harwood.

June 1, 2012

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What do disappointing job numbers  mean for the already unemployed and the state of economic recovery?  Mitt Romney wins enough delegates to make him the unofficial Republican nominee and finds himself in a dead heat with President Obama in three key swing states. Plus  the latest on the crisis in Syria.  Joining Gwen: Jim Tankersley, National Journal; Dan Balz, Washington Post; Helene Cooper, New York Times.

 

Software Raises Bar for Hiring

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n an essay in this newspaper last fall, Peter Cappelli, a professor of management and human resources at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, challenged the oft-heard complaint from employers that they can't find good workers with the right skills. "The real culprits are the employers themselves," he asserted. "It is part of a long-term trend," he adds in an interview, "and the recession caused employers to be able to be pickier, to get even more specific in the skills they think they can find outside the company and to cut back on training."

Nomination His, Romney Steps Up Attack on Obama

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Mitt Romney, having initially weathered the first sustained general election attack, is entering a critical 90-day stretch to the Republican convention on relatively equal footing with the White House and is unleashing a new offensive to win over independent voters and further undermine confidence in President Obama’s stewardship of the economy.

Will the U.S. Economy Bounce Back Later This Year?

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David Wessel on The News Hub discusses the outlook for the U.S. economy and whether we're likely to see growth rebound in the second half of 2012.

Productivity Far Outpaces U.S. Factory Wages

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Overall compensation to factory workers doesn't come close to the impressive productivity gains that American factories have enjoyed over the past year. WSJ's David Wessel reports.

Romney Holds Key Advantages Among Financially Struggling White Voters

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In an election year in which the economy ranks as Americans’ top concern, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney holds significant advantages over President Obama among white voters who are struggling financially and buffeted by job loss, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Will Obama's Attacks on Romney Backfire?

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As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? (So says Mitt Romney). Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest? (So says President Barack Obama.)