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FRIDAY ON MY MIND
U.S. unemployment rate climbs to 9.6 percent in August; private sector added only 67,000 jobs. But losses mainly due to census ending …..Krugman sticking to story: stimulus saved us, we just need more of it…. Ex-OMB director Peter Orszag to write NYT Op-Ecolumn once or twice a month. Debuts Tuesday.
Watch brief teaser for my upcoming book on Upton Sinclair’s incredibly influential (and wild) race for governor of California in 1934, which inspired the invention of the modern political campaign–and Hollywood’s first all-out entry into politics.
HItchens will do "series" on his ailment called "Topic of Cancer." Here is new installment, largely about people praying for him or praying he renounces atheism. Here is the video Hitchens refers to for "placing bets" on whether he renounces atheism.
David Plouffe reportedly angling for old job with Obama campaign for 2012…. Seemed unlikely two years ago, but now the "youth vote" is up for grabs in this year’s elections–yes, they’re liberal on social issues but horrendous job outlooks for many draws them away from Democrats…..Whitman leads Brown by 7 percent in CA-Gov race… Thin Reid: Nevada Senate race also a tossup.