Fear and Paranoia in Academia

I have been reading, mostly in passing, a number of pieces about an alleged new climate on college campuses in which students are raising significant complaints due to difficult or emotionally sensitive material. The latest example did not impress me.

Jobs Growth Bounces Back In April, But Weakness Remains

The jobs market bounced back in April, but that’s about all we can say.

More Immigrants To The U.S. Come From China And India Than Mexico

The sources of new immigrants to the United States are changing, but it’s unclear if that will have any impact on the political debate over immigration reform.

Economy Slows To A Crawl In First Quarter G.D.P. Estimate

Economic growth slowed significantly in the first three months of 2015, but it’s not clear what that means going forward.

US-Latin American Relations

Some thoughts on a column by Roger Noriega on the Obama administration and Latin America,

Missouri Republican Wants To Ban Food Stamp Recipients From Buying “Luxury” Food

One Missouri legislator is going on a crusade against a “problem” that may not actually exist.

The Domestic Side of National Security

Another commentary on the National Security Strategy, this one at The Hill.

Oil Prices Continue To Fall, But Don’t Expect It To Last Forever

The price of oil is continuing to fall, but it won’t last forever.

Strong December Jobs Report Caps Off The Best Year For Jobs Growth Since 1999

December’s jobs growth numbers were very good, but the numbers below the headlines show that there’s still work to be done.

Despite Last Minute Drama, House Narrowly Passes Bill To Fund Most Of The Government

Despite opposition from both Republicans and Democrats, the compromise budget resolution passed narrowly last night, but not without some last minute drama

A Strong Jobs Report To Go With A Strong Economy

Strong jobs growth in November means that 2014 is already the best year for jobs growth since 1999.

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

Democrats Claim Obama Broke Their Party, Call on Him to Fix It

Some of his party’s leaders want the president to save them.

A Good Jobs Report, But We’re Still Waiting For The “Great” One

Another mostly good, but not great, jobs report.

September Jobs Report Bounces Back From August Doldrums

After a disappointing August, the jobs report for September showed the same good numbers we’ve seen for much of 2014.

Economy Grew At 4.6% In Second Quarter

A strong rebound for the economy from the downturn at the start of the year.

August Jobs Report Disappoints

After several months of good news, the August Jobs Report was quite a disappointment.

July Jobs Report Not A Home Run, But Still Pretty Good

While not as big as previous months, the July Jobs Report was still mostly good news.

June Jobs Report: Good News For The Start Of A Holiday Weekend

The June Jobs Report is basically good news.

A Mostly Good Jobs Report, And A Milestone Finally Passed (Sort Of)

The May Jobs Report was fairly good, and it marks the end of a jobs recession that started six years ago. But things aren’t entirely rosy.

The Economy Actually Shrank In The First Quarter Of 2014

In no small part because of a brutal winter, the economy shrank in the first three months of the year.

Yes, College Is Worth It (If You Graduate)

While it’s been much derided in recent years, there’s a definite economic benefit to obtaining a college degree,

Europe’s Far Right Finds A Friend In Putin

The European far right has found a friend in an unlikely place.

Rick Perry Talks Second Chances, Hinting At 2016

Rick Perry continues to hint at another Presidential run.

Another “Meh” Jobs Report

March’s Jobs Report was about as uplifting as the numbers in the past.

Has Government Worker Pay Been Shrinking?

Eric Katz of Government Executive points to “The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart.”

Another Mediocre Jobs Report

The Jobs Report for January once again leaves much to be desired.

Initial Fourth Quarter GDP Report Sends Mixed Signals

Some good news, but also plenty of reason to worry about the future.

A Conservative Argues For Extending Unemployment Benefits

In an ordinary post-recession world, we wouldn’t need to talk about extended unemployment benefits, but times are far from ordinary.

World Safer But More Dangerous Than Ever

Robert Kagan warns of “a changing world order.” But he’s grasping at rather thin straws.

Economy Grows At Good, But Far From Great, Rate In 3rd Quarter

A good initial GDP report for the 3rd Quarter, but hardly something to write home about.

Boehner Won’t Allow Default Over Debt Ceiling, Still Insisting On Negotiations

Speaker Boehner told his caucus members that he will not allow a default over the debt ceiling but don’t look for a change in strategy.

The Self-Made Nature of the US’ Immigration Problem

Unfortunately, our immigration debate is just plain dumb.

Obama’s Pivot To The Economy: More Of The Same

As expected, President Obama’s latest “pivot” to the economy is less than meets the eye.

The Incredible Shrinking Federal Budget Deficit?

The Federal Budget Deficit appears headed in the right direction, for now.

The Youth Unemployment Problem

Large numbers of younger workers are having trouble finding work in many parts of the developed world.

Permanent Underemployment?

The economy has been steadily recovering from the Great Recession. But the jobs may never come back.

Another Ho-Hum Jobs Report

January’s Jobs Report wasn’t much to write home about

Law School Applications Nearing 30 Year Low

Applications to America’s Law Schools are down, because the nature of the legal profession is changing.

Man Bemoans Selfish Women Not Having Enough Kids

Ross Douthat says American women should stop being decadent and have more babies, explaining that raising children is easier than it used to be, so there’s really no excuse for women to be so selfish.

Numbers Of Potential Future Lawyers Hits 13 Year Low

The Law School Bubble has imploded.

Unemployment Rate Drops Below 8% Amid Weak Jobs Growth

September’s BLS Report will likely be significant but, behind the numbers, things don’t look all that great.