Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – 9 below

March 4, 2011

Don’t underestimate the PoliPsych impact of the unemployment rate falling below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years.

Washington Extra – It’s my party

January 7, 2011

It’s Friday, when some people start thinking PARTY! Even in Washington.

The first employment report of the year, which was for December, gave the administration something to party about. The unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent from 9.8 percent. That is the number that resonates with the public, so a four-tenths of a percentage point drop can be politically useful. OBAMA/SPERLING

It was just a game of golf!

September 3, 2010

Ever since he played golf with President Barack Obama last week, New York newspapers have been rife with speculation that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being wooed by the administration to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. 

Reuters/Ipsos poll: Obama approval hits new low, but Republicans catch blame too

August 24, 2010

President Barack Obama’s approval rating sank to a new low of 45 percent, while his disapproval rating rose to 52 percent, according to a Reuters-Ipsos  poll. It was the first time more Americans disapproved than approved of Obama in an Ipsos poll since he became president.

Unemployment falls, what’s the proper political response?

February 5, 2010

OBAMA/The unemployment rate fell in January to 9.7 percent, the lowest in five months and below that dreaded 10 percent in December. It also foiled analyst expectations for an increase to 10.1 percent.

Is the recession over? Obama’s advisers differ

December 13, 2009

Is the economic recession over in the United States? It depends on who you ask, even among President Barack Obama’s advisers.

Good day for jobs, sad for panda lovers

December 4, 2009

For all those who woke up to the sad news that Washington’s loveable giant panda cub would be heading back to China, here’s a bright spot for your Friday:

The First Draft: Jobs (not), Jobs (not), Jobs (not)

November 6, 2009

The October employment report is in and it’s a shocker.

The unemployment rate jumped to 10.2 percent, the highest since April 1983 when it was also 10.2 pct. If you don’t want to do the math, that was 26 years ago. It was worse than expectations for 9.9 percent. TEXAS-SHOOTING/SOLDIER