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Charles Murray, Maytag Man
February 06, 2012

It’s not strictly a 2012 campaign matter, but to the extent that the campaign’s going to be about inequality I figure the debate over Charles Murray’s new book, Coming Apart, is fair game for the Stump.

Should Obama Brag About GM? Absolutely.
January 26, 2012

President Obama visits the Detroit area on Friday, and his timing couldn't be better: Today's Detroit Free Press brings more good news from the auto industry: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all plan to add jobs in Michigan, which stands to benefit more than any other state. Nissan, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Kia and Mercedes-Benz also are hiring. Suppliers are looking to add engineers and technical people, but at a more gradual pace. About 15,000 auto-related Michigan jobs could be created this year, said Sean McAlinden, economist at Ann Arbor's Center for Automotive Research.

Obama: Make the Economy Work...for Everybody
January 24, 2012

We’ve come to expect grand things from the State of the Union: Major revelations about the president’s agenda, bold policy initiatives, memorable turns of phrase. And sometimes that’s what we get, for better and for worse. In 2009, for example, Obama used his budget speech (the de facto State of the Union) to lay out his ambitious first-year agenda.

State of the Union - As Prepared
January 24, 2012

THE WHITE HOUSE Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery State of the Union Address: “An America Built to Last” Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 As Prepared for Delivery – Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans: Last month, I went to Andrews Air Force Base and welcomed home some of our last troops to serve in Iraq.

Yo-Yo Ma’s Moving Piece in Honor of the Halabja Massacre
September 10, 2011

The Silk Road Ensemble is a collaboration, under the guidance of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, between virtuoso musicians and composers from more than twenty countries. Through original compositions and performances, the Ensemble pursues a modern synthesis of musical traditions from the east and west. Among their latest works is the haunting and beautiful “Silent City.” Composed by Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor, the improvisatory piece is Kalhor’s response to a terrible massacre that occurred near the border of Iran and Iraq some 24 years ago.

Obama: No More Mr. Nice Guy?
September 06, 2011

Liberals hoping for a tougher, more passionate President Obama might want to check out what he said in Detroit on Monday. Speaking in front of a General Motors plant that might be shuttered if not for his administration's policies, Obama gave a feisty, pointed speech about jobs and the economy -- and, perhaps, a hint of what's to come on Thursday, when he addresses the same topics before a joint session of Congress. Obama told the crowd he didn't want to reveal too much of what he'll say in that speech and avoided getting overly specific on policy.

More Bad Economic News
August 18, 2011

  Here at the blog formerly known as Citizen Cohn, we bring you the bad news as well as the good. And so we must draw your attention to the latest state-by-state statistics on unemployment -- and, specifically, the unemployment rate in Michigan. It's up to 10.9 percent, the third consecutive month that it's risen.

Where the Recovery Act Worked
August 11, 2011

We interrupt our regularly scheduled conversation about what President Obama hasn't done for the economy to bring you a reminder of what he has. And it comes in the form of a visit to Holland, Michigan, that Obama is making on Thursday afternoon.   The visit is to a new factory that's building batteries to run electric cars, like the Chevy Volt. If you have a sense of déjà vu, that's because you have a good memory. A little over a year ago, Obama presided over the plant's groundbreaking. And I was there, sort of.

Multiple Choice Mitt: Auto Bailout Edition
June 14, 2011

What did Mitt Romney think about the auto bailout? And when did he think it? After reading the transcript of Monday’s Republican debate, and following this controversy for the last few weeks, I’m still not sure how to answer those questions. And that may be because Romney is confronting a familiar problem.

Why Detroit Matters to Obama
May 26, 2011

More good news from Detroit: General Motors is adding shifts at its Hamtramck factory. It will mean hiring 2500 workers, so that GM can meet the growing demand for Volts, Malibus, and Impalas. And it’s part of broader plan that, GM says, will expand operations at five Michigan plants. Stories like this tell you why President Obama is so eager to talk about U.S. automakers -- and what he has done for them.