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Jobs Report Better Than Expected

Employers added 103,000 jobs in September, a stronger pace of hiring than expected. The Labor Department report is likely to ease fears that the economy is quickly hurtling toward another recession. But the jobless rate remained stuck at 9.1 percent. Hiring must pick up substantially for optimism and hope to return to the economy.
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WaPo's McCartney: Redistricting In Va. And Md., Battle Over Transit Board Seats

Democrats in Maryland are trying to gerrymander districts to expand their control of House seats in the state, and in Virginia, the governor is sparring with counties over seats on the transit board.


Is Human Violence On The Wane?

Considering the Norway shootings, drug wars in Mexico and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, this era may seem as violent as any. But as Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature, this may actually be the most peaceable period in human history.

One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable. Past presidents have weathered stormier times, but when you hit bottom matters.

For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Value Voters Promotes Conservative Issues

The Value Voters Summit kicks off Friday, bringing together thousands of conservative supporters, and pushing the message of maintaining strong family values and condemning homosexuality.


Obama Pushes Financial Plan As Bank Protests Grow

Loosely organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have spread to other U.S. cities. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, and he's trying to channel that anger into support for his financial policies.

Partisan Divide On National Security Debate Shrinks

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney travels to the Citadel in South Carolina to deliver a speech on national security Friday. The issue has traditionally been a bright line between Republicans and Democrats. But even since President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize nearly three years ago, the politics are no longer clear cut.

Can Herman Cain Keep It Going?

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking advantage of his recent rise to fame. His direct speaking style and business experience have caught on with Tea Party supporters and social conservatives. And Cain is selling himself and his new book. But can he sustain the momentum?