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CNN: Gingrich: Romney the 'most likely' GOP nominee
None of the remaining candidates in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination appear prepared to concede the race to Mitt Romney, but that doesn't mean they can't see how it may likely end. "I think you have to be realistic," Newt Gingrich said on "Fox News Sunday." "Given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he's won, he is far and away the most likely Republican nominee."
CNN: DNC chair says Republicans rooting for bad economy
Republicans looking to defeat President Barack Obama in November’s general election are rooting for the American economy to fail, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said in an interview Sunday. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said criticism from Republicans on Friday’s worse-than-expected jobs report was reflective of their political motives.
CNN: Former solicitors general weigh in on high court
In an interview airing Sunday on "State of the Union," two former solicitors general, Neal Katyal and Ken Starr, weighed in on the state of the high court, and the propriety of Supreme Court justices overturning laws passed by Congress. Starr, who served in the role under former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, said recent comments from Obama questioning the court's role were "unfortunate."
CNN: Easter at the White House
The Obama family decided to keep it local Sunday morning, walking just across Lafayette Park to St. John’s Episcopal Church for Easter services. “Happy Easter, everybody” the president said on the way to church, holding hands with his younger daughter Sasha as he walked by the press pool.
CNN: Suspects in deadly Tulsa shootings to make first court appearance
Two white men accused in a spate of shootings in predominantly black neighborhoods of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will make their first court appearance Monday, as authorities work to determine whether the violence that left three people dead was racially motivated.
CNN: Bubba Watson wins U.S. Masters after dramatic playoff
Bubba Watson won the 76th U.S. Masters as he beat South African Louis Oosthuizen at the second hole of a sudden death playoff at Augusta National on Sunday. Watson, who was winning his first major title, played a remarkable recovery shot from the trees at the 10th to find the green.
CNN: Veteran newsman Mike Wallace dead at 93
Mike Wallace, who spent four decades as a hard-hitting, provocative news correspondent on "60 Minutes," has died, CBS reported Sunday. He was 93. Wallace died Saturday night "peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Caanan, Connecticut, where he spent the past few years," CBS said in a statement.
CNN: Anchorage breaks seasonal snowfall record
While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska - where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters).
CNN: U.S., Afghanistan sign key 'night raids' deal
The United States and Afghanistan signed a landmark deal Sunday that affords Afghan authorities an effective veto over controversial special operations raids. A bid to end visceral Afghan anger over raids on private residences, the deal prevents NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from conducting such operations without the explicit permission of Afghan officials, said a senior NATO official.
CNN: North Korean rocket launch set to strain regional ties
North Korea could carry out a controversial rocket launch this week, a move that would further strain ties between the reclusive, nuclear-armed state and other countries in the region just months after the ascendancy of its new leader.
CNN: Syria suggests it might not withdraw forces by deadline
Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have "armed terrorist groups" attack, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 69 deaths in the restive nation. U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan has said that he expects regime forces to withdraw its forces from urban areas by Tuesday, at which time rebel fighters would also adhere to a cease-fire as part of a peace plan he helped broker.
CNN: Fresh cave-in complicates effort to rescue trapped miners in Peru
A cave-in complicated work in southern Peru to rescue nine miners who have been trapped below ground for days, state media reported Sunday. The miners have been stuck since Thursday in the wildcat Cabeza de Negro mine.
CNN: Survey: Gas prices may peak, depending on crude oil cost
U.S. gas prices showed their smallest increase since early January - and may be nearing or past their peak if the price of crude oil holds steady, according to a national survey published Sunday.
CNN Money: Stocks: Keep Calm and Carry On?
Investors will be looking for clues on the global economy and corporate profits in the coming week, after the rally in stock prices ran into a wall. Stocks are coming off the biggest weekly decline in what has so far been a very strong year. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1.15%; the S&P 500 declined 0.7% and the Nasdaq slid 0.3% in the holiday-shortened week.
Financial Times: Chinese inflation accelerates in March
Chinese consumer inflation rebounded slightly in March leaving policy makers less room to ease monetary conditions to prop up the slowing economy even though persistent price rises appear largely under control.
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The economy is based upon 2 things to be successful, perseption and policies. Because this economy is 75 percent spending, perception of the future have to be good. People have to know that they're world will be profittable in the future for their investment to thrive. They depends on they're politicians to tell them its OK to invest and spend money. The problem is, for the past 3 years the repubs have been telling the people don't invest, because Obama policies will doom us all. Foe most parts the people have ignored the barrage of negativity the repubs have payed upon the people not to invest, and bring back the stock markets from a 6000 low, to a 13000 high. Think if the repubs have stayed away from scaring the badeezle out of folks, think how much further in the recovery this country would have been. Now its only the Obama policies is pushing the recovery, because the repubs have taken away the positive perception part.
Fox foreign owned media has been telling their viewers that the actual unemployment rate is defined by U-6, and it is currently over 14%. To put things in perspective, in Bush's last year, the U-6 went from 9.2 on January 2008 to 14.2 on January 2009. (Obama took over in late January 2009) This shows that unemployment in Bush's last year increased 54.3%. The U-6 under our president shows a different trend. The trend shows a DROP in unemployment from March 2011 to March 2012 of 10.5%. (from 16.2 to 14.2) Remember right wingnuts, drop in unemployment s good increase is bad.
Other unemployment trends under Obama this past year from March 2011 to March 2012:
U-1 from 5.7 to 4.6 ; a drop of 19.3%
U-2 from 5.8 to 4.5 ; a drop of 22.4%
U-3 from 9.2 to 8.2 ; a drop of 10.8%
U-4 from 9.7 to 8.7 ; a drop of 10.3%
U-5 from 10.6 to 9.6 ; a drop of 9.4%
U-6 from 16.2 to 14.5 ; a drop of 10.5%
All measures of unemployment show the same trend, unemployment under our president is dropping with a single vote or help from an elected republican.
Oops that should have been 'without' a single vote or help from an elected republican.