State of the Union Early Bird For October 23, 2011
October 23rd, 2011
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State of the Union Early Bird For October 23, 2011

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

Check out what we're reading, then join us at 9am/12pm ET for three Washington power players:  Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

POLITICS

Jindal easily wins 2nd term as Louisiana governor

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was re-elected to a second term Saturday, winning in a landslide with little opposition from nine other candidates. Jindal, who was widely favored to win, had 66% of the vote with 98% precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State.

Candidates court Iowa social conservatives at forum

ECONOMY/JOBS

Republicans in Congress are in a quandary on jobs

For months, the party has focused on shrinking the government, sparking ugly battles with Democrats over the budget and the debt ceiling. But with job growth back at the top of the congressional agenda, Republican lawmakers have found themselves without a clear strategy to reduce the 9.1% national unemployment rate.

Monster Prediction From BofA: Another US Debt Downgrade Is Coming In Just A Few Weeks

The credit rating agencies have strongly suggested that further rating cuts are likely if Congress does not come up with a credible long-run plan. Hence, we expect at least one credit downgrade in late November or early December when the super Committee crashes.

IN OTHER NEWS…

Afghanistan to Back Pakistan if Wars With U.S.: Karzai

U.S. Embassy in Kenya warns citizens of 'imminent threat'

Libya's interim leaders set to declare liberation

Tunisia voters go to polls in historic free election

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  1. Name king

    This down grade threat is music to the repugs ears. Baukman will do every thing she can to get another down grade just to blame the president. They've been pushing this austerity policy since they took over in January and killing every jobs plans the dems try to push. They have sold their governing ability before they even took office by signing a no-tax-pledge to Norquist, now they have only one thing to do and that is to cut jobs jobs bobs. This is killing our economy because theyve taken away the stability of alot of small business revenues and now all that they can depend on is the stock market and praying like hell every day that countries like Greece and Italy don't go belly up.

    October 23, 2011 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Please ask Mitch McConnell if he thinks going on the floor of the Senate and lying to the American public is something he feels he can get away with because he thinks we're all stupid.

    I'd also like you to ask future politicians of both persuasions why it is they think that the religious right (evanglicals, dominionists, and other "christians") support the guys that would privatize our schools, Social Security, Medicare, have done so to our pensions, would undo what little help we may get from the Affordable Care Act. Isn't this the exact opposite of what being a Christian means. Sort of the exact opposite of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I'm not saying alla, but good grief, these people are coming off like terrorists groups these days, akin to the Taliban.

    October 23, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |