7 months ago

President Obama Is Handing a Strong Economy to His Successor - New York Times

For others, the prospects do not look good. There used to be part of the work force that had well-paying jobs that were low or unskilled, Mr. Prising said. Those kinds of jobs are very difficult to find today.

The deal that Mr. Trump made with the heating and cooling company Carrier this week to keep 1,000 manufacturing jobs from moving to Mexico from Indiana is emblematic of the kind of actions he said he would take as president to help blue-collar workers.

Continue reading the main storyBut there are limits to the power of persuasion.

Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the University of Michigan and a former economic adviser to Mr. Obama, said that manufacturing, while still a driving force in the economy, employed fewer and fewer people. More than 80 percent of jobs are now in the service industry, Ms. Stevenson said, and Mr. Trump should be thinking more about how to match workers with those jobs.

The economy is in a great place, and his biggest challenge is continuing that, she said.

Some economists worry that the Federal Reserve is too focused on fears of future inflation and that it should hold off on any increase in rates until conditions have improved further. Theres no reason to pre-emptively slow the economy down, given that were starting from less than full employment, said Elise Gould, an economist at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute in Washington. Right now, the priority should be keeping the economy on track and moving it forward.

Such pleas are unlikely to win the day. At last months meeting of the Federal Reserve, members concluded that the case for an increase in the benchmark rate had been strengthened, and that they would be ready to move so long as incoming data provided some further evidence of continued progress.

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Many employers are having a harder time finding and retaining workers.

Recruiting is a tough issue right now in skilled and semiskilled industries, said Robert A. Funk, chairman and chief executive of Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency based in Oklahoma City. He mentioned a particular need for workers in accounting, information technology, call centers, warehousing and office and professional services.

Mr. Funk said employers often complained about being unable to find employees with a strong work ethic who met the minimum requirements. Drug screening is a real challenge in many parts of the country, he said. Only 30 percent can pass a drug screen in the state of Washington, where marijuana is legal.

At the same time, employers have been reluctant to raise wages to a level that might lure back sidelined workers. The result has been that the country has 5.5 million job openings, a near-record level, but still relatively anemic labor force participation rates.

The challenge out there now is finding workers and keeping the workers you have, said Steve Rick, chief economist at CUNA Mutual Group. Those shortages, whatever the cause, are likely to push wages higher next year, he said.

People are feeling good not only about their current income but their future income, Mr. Rick said.

Whatever the economys current failings, Mark J. Rozell, a political scientist at George Mason University in Virginia, said it was nonetheless better than the ones most incoming presidents have faced in the last half-century.

Continue reading the main storyTrump can be thankful that his predecessor is handing him a fairly strong situation, Mr. Rozell said, especially when compared to many past party transfers of power.

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9 months ago

Trump's 25 Million New Jobs Promise Doesn't Add Up - NBCNews.com

Donald Trump's promise to grow the U.S. economy fast enough to create 25 million new jobs over the next decade is bound to win support among American workers.

There's only one problem with his pledge.

Without a wave of new immigrants entering the American workforce, Trump will have a hard time finding enough workers to fill those jobs.

In a speech Thursday to the Economic Club of New York, Trump outlined his latest proposals to revive a U.S. economy that has shown lackluster growth in the past year. In a post on his website, he promised to raise the growth of U.S. gross domestic product to 3.5 percent a year, nearly double the average pace so far this century.

1 year ago

Clinton Sticks to Primary Message on Economy as a Counter to Trump - Bloomberg

Hillary Clintonsignaled Wednesday that her general election message on the economy won't change much from the views she ran on during the Democratic primary, as she tries to at once attract Bernie Sanders supporters and working-class white men who are leaning toward the presumptive Republican nominee.

"Donald Trumpoffers no realsolutions for the economicchallenges we face.Hejust continues to spoutreckless ideas that will run upour debt and cause anothereconomic crash," Clinton said at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. "I'm here today to offer analternative."

As she describedit, her approach is "to make sure economyworks for everyone not justthose at the top, not

1 year ago

Trees for terror: Palestinian charity holds planting ceremony to honor 'martyrs'

John Huddy reports from Jerusalem

A UN-funded Palestinian charity planted more than 200 olive trees in the West Bank over the weekend, each to honor a terrorist who killed or attacked Israeli citizens in the ongoing knife intifada.

The Union of Agricultural Work Committees planted the trees to honor men and women who have died while committing numerous stabbings, shootings and vehicular attacks that have killed 34 and wounded more than 400 Israelis since they began in September. The event marked the 40th anniversary of Land Day, a Palestinian holiday marking protests of Israels decision to take land in Galilee for settlements.

Through this event, we want convey the message that we will hold on to the land, and that we will not forget the Martyrs who sacrificed [their lives], said a spokesman for the committee, Aghsan Barghouti, according to a translation provided by Palestinian Media Watch.

Their funding of the UAWC implicates all these institutions and organizations in the act of honoring murderers of Israelis.

- Palestinian Media Watch

Honorees of the twisted event, held near the Israeli settlement of Psagot, north of Jerusalem, included:

- Muhannad Halabi, a 19-year-old Palestinian who killed 2 Israelis and injured a woman and her two-year-old son in Jerusalem on Oct. 3, 2015. He was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

- Fadi Alloun, a 19-year-old Palestinian who stabbed a 15-year-old boy on the same day before being shot by Israeli police.

The UN sponsors the Palestinian group through its United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and United Nations Development Programme. In addition, the committee receives funding from the governments of Australia, Spain, Netherlands and Japan.

Palestinian Media Watch, a nonprofit that focuses on exposes how the Palestinian government and media supports terrorism, charged that funding a group that pays tribute to terrorists is wrong.

Their funding of the UAWC implicates all these institutions and organizations in the act of honoring murderers of Israelis, PMW said in a statement.

Palestinian leaders say the uprising was sparked by frustration over nearly 50 years of Israeli rule over the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israeli leaders say the Palestinian Authority is fueling violence with lies and by glorifying violence against innocent civilians.

A report in the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, said the men and women who have died committing acts of terrorism in Jerusalem during the uprising did so to stop Israel from taking more land for settlements.

"A number of families of martyrs of the popular uprising planted olive trees bearing the names of their sons and the dates of their Martyrdom in lands in danger of expropriation next to the settlement of Psagot, which is located on lands of the city of El-Bireh, the report stated.

It quoted the mother of Eyad Sajadiyeh, 22, who was killed March 1 in a confrontation with Israeli soldiers who had entered a Palestinian refugee camp by mistake when their GPS app apparently malfunctioned. The soldiers were pelted with rocks and firebombs before returning fire as they fled. Sajadiyeh was shot in the head.

My son loved the land and died as a martyr in order to protect it, she said. I see Eyad in this tree, and I will nurture it as I nurtured Eyad.

1 year ago

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2 years ago

False report of man with gun sparks lockdown at Pleasant Grove High School - Salt Lake Tribune

Pleasant Grove High School in Utah County was on lockdown for several hours Thursday afternoon following a false report of a person with a gun.

The lockdown was lifted at about 4:15 p.m., according to Pleasant Grove police, and all students were being released.

Kimberly Bird, an Alpine School District spokeswoman, said no weapon was found and the report was later retracted by the person who made it.

KUTV reported that police confirmed a student who claimed he saw a man in a trench coat with a gun made up the story.

Officers had cleared the school room-by-room, with students escorted out by officers, police said.

By 4:30 p.m., buses were picking up students at 400 E. 200 South in an LDS Church parking lot.

Meanwhile, police said they had set up a staging area in the parking lot of the Rec Center where parents of students could wait.

David Stephenson, an Alpine School District spokesman, had earlier said that police received a message that there was a possibility that a student had a weapon but the report was unconfirmed.

Stephenson said students were being taken to the gymnasium after their classrooms were searched. No weapon had been found as of 3:20 p.m.

Parents of the 2,130 students at the school were notified by email and phone of the lockdown and will be told when it has been lifted, Stephenson said.


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2 years ago

Inside the hunt for a heretic queen - NEWS.com.au

STRANGE echoes, indentations and touched-up artwork inside Tutankhamuns famous tomb have revealed secret chambers that may belong to his notorious mother Queen Nefertiti.

She was Egypts most beautiful woman. She was married to its most ugly and controversial Pharaoh Akhenaten.

Together, they attempted to change the world with their notion of a single god.

But when God-King died, Egypts nobility set about erasing the heretical couple from history.

Nefertiti once again soared to fame a century ago when her incredibly fine featured face was pulled from Egypts desert sands. The 3300-year-old painted limestone bust was incredibly well preserved amid the ruins of the