Editor's Note: This article continues our series excerpted from AC360°'s contributor David Gewirtz's book, How To Save Jobs, which is available now. AC360° viewers can download it for free at HowToSaveJobs.org. To learn more about the book, follow David on Twitter @DavidGewirtz.
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David Gewirtz | BIO
Director, U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute
So far, we’ve talked about China’s and India’s population, but now let’s look specifically at the American labor force. The Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly comes up with a number that represents the civilian, non-institutional population as those individuals, 16-years-old and older, who are not institutionalized (mental health facility, hospital, prison, etc).
This civilian, non-institutional population number is key, because it reflects the number of people in America who need jobs. Obviously, not all working-age Americans will be part of the workforce. Some are house partners. Some are wealthy enough to simply enjoy life. Others live at home with Mommy and Daddy and are enjoying the slacker lifestyle for as long as they can get away with it. And others simply can’t find work.
My goal with this book is to help create an America where every person who wants a job can get one. The number of people who make up the U.S. civilian, non-institutional population number gives us the number of jobs that need to exist for everyone who wants a job to have a job.
Therefore, this number is very, very important.
If you ever want to have a partisan fight, here’s a great topic: the number of jobs created during a President’s administration. As you might imagine, the party in power will claim success and the party not in power will claim the other side did a terrible job.
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CNN Political Producer
Eleven top Republicans are listed on the 2012 presidential straw poll ballot at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference.
Over the next three days, conservative activists will fill out a ballot that asks: "Who would you vote for as the next Republican nominee for president?"
The choices, as listed in order on the ballot: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, and a slot for "Other."
American Jim Allen arrives at a court hearing in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, last week.
We were just there to help.
That was the message Friday from Jim Allen, one of the 10 American missionaries arrested January 29 in Haiti on child kidnapping charges. Allen, along with seven others, was released this week without needing to post bail.
Two members of the group - including the group's leader, Laura Silsby - have remained in Haitian custody to answer questions about why they traveled to the country on an earlier trip.
Silsby and Charisa Coulter were back in a Haitian courtroom Friday. Silsby said she hoped the legal process would be completed by the end of the day.
Tom Foreman | BIO
From a reporter’s standpoint, I’ll tell you in a heartbeat that a credible, third party candidate in the next presidential race would be more fun than a herd of sheep in a shopping mall. Gone in a flash would be the boring old, “the Dem says this, the Repub says that.” The landscape of polls, pundits, and bellwethers would be turned upside down.
Debates would be like the Taiwanese parliament. Imagine how exciting they would be with someone in there who truly did not care what the right or left thought. (Assuming, of course, we’re talking about someone going for that big, juicy Militant Middle of voters I’m always prattling about.)
A third party player would be like a stick of dynamite in the electoral oven. Talk about cooking up some fun!
Tiger Woods' comments Friday may become the most scrutinized apology in history, fodder for dinner tables and Internet chat rooms alike: Was he genuine? Was it a PR stunt? Can he do anything to restore people's faith in him?
The biggest knock on golf's biggest star is that it took him three months to utter any words publicly about his infidelity and then did so in a controlled environment. That's a no-no, according to apology etiquette.
"If you have to take time to say 'sorry,' you're not being authentic. We don't need extra time to rationalize whether we're sorry or not," said Glenn Llopis, the founder of the Center for Innovation & Humanity, a California-based think tank.
Two Americans charged with kidnapping in Haiti appeared before a judge Thursday, the same day their eight colleagues who were released on bail returned to their hometowns.
Corinna and Nicole Lankford, and Carla Thompson, arrived home in Boise, Idaho, to a crowd who greeted them with hymns and cheers.
"We're all very happy to be home," Thompson said early Friday. "We're still very overwhelmed. But we felt everyone's prayers.
"Our God is a mighty God and he stood with us every second we were there," she said. "He brought us home. And I want you to continue to pray for Charisa and Laura because he's gonna bring them home too."
All 10 were charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without any legal authorization after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated the country on January 12.
The Haitian judge ruled Wednesday that Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter would remain behind because authorities want to determine why they traveled to Haiti on an earlier trip before the January 12 earthquake, said Silsby's attorney, Aviol Fleurant.
The Washington Post
I like to fancy myself a jihadist. Not in the false, hackneyed and mistranslated sense of the word, but rather, in its truest sense.
If jihad means "holy war," then my name means "the running of nails down a chalkboard." Sure, some people, even some musicians, would call such screeching a "melody." Most of us, however, would have the good sense to call it what it really is: a cacophony, at best.
Likewise, some Muslims believe that a jihad is a violent, literal war between peoples, sanctioned by God. Most of the more than 1 billion Muslims on our planet, however, are far from convinced.
To wage a true jihad is to "strive" or "struggle" in the way of God, using the most peaceful methods available. This means, foremost, striving to improve your soul, not your earthly circumstance. This internal struggle for righteousness is known as the "greater jihad." Any effort to change something outside oneself is part of the "lesser jihad," which centers on the struggle to achieve worldly justice.
Jill Dougherty | BIO
CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent
President Obama met with fellow Nobel Prize winner the Dalai Lama at the White House on Thursday, amid concerns from China over the visit.
Because of the diplomatic sensitivities over the tension between China and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, every aspect has been choreographed and worked out in advance. For one, the president met with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room, which is part of the residence at the White House, and not in the Oval Office.
The reason: Beijing regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous "separatist," a politician who wishes to sever Tibet from China.
Ahead of a summit last year with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Obama persuaded Tibetan representatives then to postpone the meeting with the Dalai Lama.
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AC360° Associate Producer
Today is the second day of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Yesterday political activists from across the country spent the first day of the conference discussing policy, blasting the Obama administration and drumming up momentum for a return to power in this year’s mid-term elections.
Today, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Representative Mike Pence and Texas Rep. Ron Paul will address the meeting. Many believe these three could be potential White House candidates in the future. Candy Crowley reports from CPAC – she’ll take a look at the headliners and what messages they’re sending. Who is there and who isn’t there says a lot about the event. How is this group preparing for battle in the elections?
Also at CPAC today, the Tea Party Express will hold a rally. Can the mainstream GOP become an umbrella for conservative activists and Tea Partiers? Randi Kaye will profile one Tea Party activist who is attending CPAC for the first time. We’ll also speak to Stephen Baldwin who is attending the conference this year. We’ll get his take on the future of the GOP.