Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of some of this week's top news including a possible downgrade in the District's bond rating and Pepco's performance during Hurricane Irene.
The nation's unemployment rate remains just above 9 percent, and political observers say it's just about impossible to cast that kind a number in a positive light. That puts extra pressure on President Obama ahead of next week's jobs announcement.
John Boehner refuses Barack Obama's request for a joint session of Congress next Wednesday to discuss jobs. CBC members exchange heated comments about the Tea Party. Poet Maya Angelou criticizes the quote engraved on the MLK, Jr. Memorial. The Barbershop guys weigh in.
Next Thursday, President Obama will present his jobs proposal before Congress. Democratic supporters hope his plan will offer a rallying point to excite his base, rather than a compromise Republicans may agree to.
The prospect of a giant oil pipeline running from Canada to Texas has activists up in arms. About 800 people have been arrested in ongoing protests at the White House. The Obama administration says it will decide by the end of the year whether to approve the 1,700-mile-long Keystone pipeline.
When President Obama unveils his jobs plan to Congress next week, he'll have to balance his desire for spending on programs that might stimulate the economy against the nation's current appetite for cost-cutting. We examine the pros, cons and politics of six proposals that might make Obama's list.
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