Good afternoon, friends... How will the newest economic data play in the presidential race?
The unemployment rate shot up to 5.1% last month from 4.8%. That's a big jump, and the highest rate since 2005. The economy lost 80,000 jobs–the most in a single month in five years. Plus, a NYT/CBS poll finds 81% say the country is on the wrong track.
Against that backdrop, Joe Johns is keeping them honest, revealing Congress's most egregious earmarks - millions of your tax dollars spent on pet projects that many call a waste of money. As investigative journalist David Cay Johnston reports in his bestselling book, "Free Lunch," $98,000 goes to develop a walking tour of Boydton, Va., a town of less than one square mile with a population of 474. Is that how you'd like your hard earnings spent?
Also on 360 tonight, Clinton, Obama and McCain honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 40 years after he was shot and killed on a motel balcony. Later, Clinton and Obama address the North Dakota Democratic convention. Obama holds a Town Hall in Indiana. Bill Clinton works North Carolina.
Drew Griffin monitors a congressional hearing on a wave of airline safety issues, with four under investigation for allegedly violating safety directives, and accusations the FAA is too cozy with industry to protect travelers, plus cockpit windshields and landing gear failing. What's going on here?
Continuing coverage of our Planet in Peril, Harris Whitbeck reports on the mysterious Dengue Fever ripping through Rio de Janeiro, with at least 54 deaths and nearly 30,000 illnesses already this year. Could the fever threaten the U.S.?
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