President Obama, in a joint session of Congress Thursday night, will announce his plan to get more Americans working. David Greene speaks to David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal about the challenges Obama faces promoting a jobs program and reviving the economy.
The president's jobs proposal is expected to include a combination of new and extended tax cuts, new spending on public works projects, and assistance for those who've been out of work a long time. But he's dogged by the controversy that surrounds his early stimulus effort.
President Obama will be addressing a house deeply divided when he goes before Congress on Thursday night. Many fellow Democrats hope to hear a speech filled with bold proposals to rally a dispirited nation. Republicans have their own plan, which revolves largely around legislation to knock down new and proposed labor and environmental rules.
Despite the bad economy, the number of Americans who struggled to get enough to eat did not grow last year, and in some cases declined, according to new government data. Still, a near-record number — almost 49 million people — were affected.
During President Obama's jobs speech, Green Bay Packers fans will be preparing to watch the home team play. The Packers take on the New Orleans Saints in the NFL season opener. We know fans are excited about the game. But some people in Green Bay are just as eager to hear Obama's proposals.
Brazil has discovered enormous oil fields 200 miles off its coast. The country is in the midst of a debate about who should benefit from the revenues. But analysts predict its economy will better be able to handle an influx of oil than many other countries.
Sources familiar with what the White House is considering tell the AP the president will call for a one-year extension of a payroll tax cut for workers and an extension of expiring jobless benefits. Republican leaders ask for a meeting with Obama.
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