Hindery Report on Real Unemployment

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For those interested in following the “real unemployment” rate, which businessman Leo Hindery and others have been promoting as a better measure of unemployment than the more limited data on official unemployment which the government and media tend to prioritize, I attach his letter: In July 2013, the number of Real Unemployed Persons decreased by 412,000 to 22.2 million and the Real Unemployment Rate decreased by 0.25% to 14.0%, as summarized below. Friend, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced…

Deception in Counting the Unemployed

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Leo Hindery, Jr. is one of those big personalities in real life that we see characters trying to play in the movies.  He sees himself as a larger than life change agent, working to rewire America’s social contract to be more fair to American workers. A former CEO of cable firm TCI, then AT&T Broadband, Global Crossing, and the Yankee Entertainment Sports Network, Hindery helped lead firms to rationalize their assets, streamline staffing, and pump up productivity. From a CEO…

Norquist & Emanuel on Immigration Debate

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(click on right corner above to expand to full screen) It is a really, really bizarre time in American politics when on one side of a debate — in this case, the immigration policy debate — stand folks like the anti-tax scourge of Democrats Grover Norquist, Chicago Mayor and most likely presidential Democratic Party aspirant Rahm Emanuel, GOP “architect” Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and other high octane Dems and Republicans — while the…

What is the Menendez Plan on Syria?

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez takes on Washington Post veteran reporter Walter Pincus this morning with a Syria-related letter to the editor in this morning’s paper. Menendez writes “his wrongheaded commentary fell into an oversimplified story line that Congress is broken.” I think Menendez doesn’t get what Pincus is saying, which was: I have enormous respect for the committee’s power to influence foreign policy when it plays its rightful role, but I also believe the actions of the…

Gays, Guns, and Doing the Right Thing

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Senator Joe Manchin and Margaret Carlson at New York IDEAS 2013 on FORA.tv Joe Manchin, soon to become the senior Senator of West Virginia after Jay Rockefeller‘s retirement, was interviewed by Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson about his efforts to close gun show loopholes and push broader background checks on gun purchasers.  The interview took place earlier this week at New York Ideas 2013 presented by The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the New-York Historical Society. During this interview, Manchin said that…

John McCain’s Benghazi Fishing Trip Lands Gregory Hicks

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Reuters Last evening in Manhattan, Senator John McCain met with supporters of a new center named in his honor called the John McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. McCain spoke and displayed all of the maverick, straight talk qualities that have both propelled his political career and made him a frustrating partner to many in both parties who have wanted him to either be a cookie cutter conservative or a progressive in GOP attire. McCain said nothing…

Heads Up on Monterey Institute Talk

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Tuesday evening, the 26th of March 2013, I’ll be speaking on the challenge that the US currently faces in managing its alliances at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute. The event is open and free to the public — so feel free to stop by at the Irvine Auditorium at 6 pm.  More information here. — Steve Clemons  

The Atlantic’s 2nd Annual Economy Summit

"It's the economy, stupid!"

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President Bill Clinton’s winning catchphrase “It’s the economy, stupid!” still resonates in consequential political debates today — with both sides of the political aisle and the many factions of economic policy interest groups slugging it out over what a healthy economy needs. This year’s “Economy Summit” organized by The Atlantic features a very diverse cast of perspectives and will focus on debt and strategies for sustainable economic growth. Some will focus on economic debates — and others will focus on…

Hagel Sworn In

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Chuck Hagel, left, is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley The Hagel nomination fight is done. It’s time to move on to challenges that matter and get beyond personality politics. Some still seem to want to fight battles over who did…