President Obama says the disappointing jobs numbers from March show that more needs to be done to strengthen economic security. He addressed the numbers during a White House conference on women in the economy. NPR's Scott Horsley explains the president is making an aggressive appeal to women as part of his re-election campaign.
Disappointing jobs numbers reinforced a vexing trend that has shown up in the Labor Department data for months. During the current recovery, women have failed to regain jobs at anything near a rate comparable to men. It's a potential political problem for the president which the GOP would like to exploit.
The Republican primaries may not officially be over, but political ads have moved on to the general election. With gas prices dominating discussion, President Obama's campaign released a TV ad this week defending the president's energy policy and directly attacking GOP front-runner Mitt Romney.
The agency has long warned Americans about the dangers of buying medicines online from unverified foreign pharmacies. But an economic analysis suggests that while there's good reason for the safety warnings, not all foreign pharmacies should be lumped together.
A Justice Department investigation found that Seattle police officers use force "in an unconstitutional and excessive manner nearly 20 percent of the time." Now, the city must decide whether to submit to court-supervised reforms or riskbeing sued by the federal government.
While it is technically true that Mitt Romney has not yet reached the halfway mark to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the nomination, the math underlying the remaining contests sets up a glide path for him and a stone wall for Rick Santorum.
The number of people who have been out of work for six months or longer remains near historic highs. Still, with the unemployment rate ticking down, Congress is phasing out benefits for those long out of work.
As if there wasn't enough outrage already about the "excessive and wasteful" spending by the federal government's General Services Administration at a 2010 conference in Las Vegas, now there's video evidence.
Mitt Romney's sweep in Tuesday's GOP primaries essentially signals the beginning of the general election campaign. President Obama joins the fray, attacking Romney by name; Romney returns the favor a day later. Paul Ryan draws attention from the president as well as those speculating on the GOP ticket.
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