The Obama administration says the Recovery Act created or saved 640,000 jobs through September. View a state-by-state breakdown.
If the current pace continues, Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue is on track to become perhaps the best-selling nonfiction book ever. The extraordinary, record-breaking rollout and the throngs of fans who await Sarah at every stop of her nationwide bus tour is rivaled only by the endless succession of liberal talking heads who are willing to put aside years of carefully cultivated gender sensitivity in an attempt to finish off a job they had hoped they had taken care of last year – or at least in the last two months of granting Levi Johnston full access to the most coveted media outlets.
When Tina Brown laughs and defends Newsweek’s indefensible cover photo of the former governor in running shorts to Matt Lauer on The Today Show, and Naomi Wolfe on Larry King calls Palin “Evita” and a “Geisha” and accuses the fiercely independent Alaskan Governor of being the “muse” and “telegenic figurehead” of a Cheney/Rove/Haliburton cabal, you know there’s more fear than loathing in the liberal and feminist ranks.
So what exactly is the liberal feminist establishment afraid of? Back in the fall of 2008, many conservatives theorized that it all came down to abortion. That a baby-wielding, pro-life VP candidate would re-ignite a debate feminists prefer to believe is settled and that the very sight of baby Trig on the hip of the beautiful and confident Sarah Palin on the night of her pitch-perfect speech at the Republican National Convention caused an unsettling degree of national guilt and unwanted introspection for a society that aborts close to 90% of all babies diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. But I believe that the seething and obsession with all things Palin is bigger and deeper than even abortion.
Americans everywhere are feeling the recession's pain – some more than others. Go here to discover the unemployement rate, state by state.
When Amanda Knox's parents head to Italy for closing arguments in their daughter's murder trial they'll be carrying a present they hope desperately she can use soon: a plane ticket home.
In that purchase lies one family's entire hope.
Curt Knox and Edda Mellas say their daughter is nothing like the person they've seen depicted before and during her trial.
They grimace at the description prosecutors have used in court: that Amanda Knox was a resentful American so angry with her British roommate Meredith Kercher that she exacted revenge during a twisted sex misadventure at their home two years ago.
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Fareed Zakaria | BIO
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came away from talks at the White House reassured about U.S. policy in Asia, according to foreign affairs analyst Fareed Zakaria.
Singh and President Obama capped their talks with an elaborate state dinner in a tent at the White House Tuesday night, the first such occasion in Obama's presidency.
Zakaria, who attended the formal event, told CNN the dinner was a success: "My sense is there was a very warm feeling. The Indian prime minister was gushing and he's not a man who gushes."
U.S. and Indian officials spoke about the war in Afghanistan, just as Obama is expected to announce - on Tuesday - increased U.S. troop levels in the region.
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Special to CNN
"We did not have a right to choose where we lived ... freedom of speech, or freedom of actions. The traffickers had keys to our apartment. They controlled all of our movement and travel. They watched us and listened when we called our parents. They didn't let us make friends or tell anyone anything about ourselves. We couldn't keep any of the money we earned. We couldn't ask anyone for help." - Lena
Lena was an athletic student from Eastern Europe yearning to visit the United States through a study-abroad program at her college. She had visions of learning English and returning home to share her experiences with her family.
But the human traffickers who ensnared her had a different vision for Lena, shipping her to America and exploiting her in the sex industry for profit. They met her at the airport with news that her study abroad placement had been changed. She was given new bus tickets and sent off to Detroit, Michigan. Once there they took her passport and her freedom.
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The serendipitous occurrence of this year's Thanksgiving holiday on the same evening as the Muslim Eid-ul-Adha is a festive occasion to reflect on the place of Islam in American collective consciousness and on Muslims as Americans.
On the same evening that millions of Americans gather around their Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate this most American of holidays, even more millions of Muslims around the globe, including the growing number of American Muslims, will do the same - celebrating as well one of the most definitive moments of their faith - Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for his God.
This holiday celebration comes soon after the tragic incident at Fort Hood, when the atrocious act of a mass murderer put Islam and Muslims under some pressure to either denounce or defend their faith.
Reporter's Note: President Obama has faced spotty economic news for some time. Fortunately, he can rely on my daily advice in these letters to the White House, now half-price!
Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
I like to get the Christmas lights up at our house just before Thanksgiving, then on the Friday after we throw the switch and watch the place leap to life like Clark Griswold’s place. Sometimes, however, I miss the best opportunity to get ready and this year is just such a case. Last weekend, as you may recall, was brilliant; sunny and just cool enough for a jacket; a perfect time to work in the yard, snaking those skinny little wires and troublesome little bulbs through the foliage, or at least what is left of it as winter steams our way.
But no, I fiddled around running errands, messing with the computer, and walking the dog; the days came and went, and now my daughters and I must tackle the job this morning. I think it is supposed to be raining, and I have to go to work too, so it will no doubt be something of a trial. (Have you tried dragging two teenagers out of bed at 7 on a day they don’t have to go to school?) But then again, some things in life are just difficult, and in candor, complaining about the burden of stringing Christmas lights would be so ridiculous, I suspect the humor of the situation will just make it a wonderful time. Like I always say to me wife, there are people who would give a limb to have our problems; we have no business griping.
Anyway, the yard work has me thinking about my brother. He runs a very small construction company in Alabama, (lots of roofing, renovations, and home additions,) and he says business is actually going very well. Why? Because he is working very hard and always has; despite the weather, the economy, the hurricanes or whatever else comes his way. Hard times are hard for everyone, but people who are willing to work hard can usually find a way forward.
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AC360° Associate Producer
Happy Friday everyone. We hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Markets are down today as worries over losses from Dubai's debt problems unnerved investors worldwide. The problems stem from Dubai World, the finance arm of Dubai, which is considering a postponement of payments on nearly $60 billion in debt.
In the U.S. today, retailers are doing whatever it takes to lure shoppers to the malls. It is Black Friday, after all, the day that retailers typically begin to turn a profit for the year. November and December are crucial sales months because often times the combined period can account for half, if not more, of sales and profits for the entire year.
Despite some signs of growth, the U.S. economy is not out of the woods yet. But can Washington do something about it? Twenty-nine states reported rising unemployment rates in October and 1 million people are at risk of losing their unemployment benefits by January. President Obama will hold a jobs summit next week to discuss various ideas and House leaders say they’re aiming to vote on a jobs bill by Dec. 18. Is this possible? So can lawmakers create job growth?