October 17th, 2009
06:56 PM ET
October 17th, 2009
07:50 AM ET

Is marriage more important to men than to women?

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Time Magazine

Being married is very important to 58% of men vs. 53% of women. Only 38% of men strongly agree that a woman can have a fulfilling life without marriage, compared with 54% of women. Both white women and highly educated women (61%) strongly agree vs. 37% of Latino women. Of both black and Latino men, only 35% strongly agree.

Finally, two-thirds of both men and women describe their marriage or partnership as very happy.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Women's Issues
October 17th, 2009
07:49 AM ET

Dear President Obama #271: Deficit straight ahead!

Reporter's Note: The President is like the Captain of our economic ship. And that makes me like the guy who mops the deck, and longs for the day we set sail for home. Hence, all the letters…

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

So the deficit has hit a new modern high, eh? Biggest since 1945! Well, congratulations on that. It may not be a record that you wanted, but it’s yours now anyway, so I suppose we should all try to make the best of it. And as much as I can tell from the screeching and chattering of the financial experts as they scale the sides of Treasury Building, making the best of a deficit means primarily making it short-lived.

I am sure you are well versed in the facts-of-deficit life. Like personal debt (or say, the child of a Colorado balloon enthusiast) a deficit left unattended can get into trouble. It can play havoc with inflation, upset the behavior of financial markets, and in short, start monkeying with the entire economy of the country.

By the same token, it’s long been an accepted economic theory that the right kind of targeted, limited debt can be just the ticket for bailing out a troubled economy. When money stops moving, and everyone start battening down the hatches, sometimes a big burst of cash from Uncle Sam, at least in theory, can make it look like happy days are here again, then everyone else starts spending, and Bob’s-your-uncle we have a recovery. Or something like that. I realize that is sort of the School House Rock version.