Obama Tries to Reclaim Advantage on Gas Prices, Health Care Law
From the Washington Post
How the Supreme Court Could Kill ‘Obamacare’
From Talking Points Memo
Jobless Claims in U.S. Fall to Lowest Rate in Four Years
The White House has launched a concerted effort to turn political weakness into strength on two critical election-year issues that have become big vulnerabilities for President Obama
: rising gas prices
and the controversial health-care law
Student Loan Debt Tops $1 Trillion
From the Wall Street Journal Online
for unemployment benefits
dropped last week to the lowest level in four years, reinforcing signs the U.S. labor market is picking up. Jobless claims decreased by 5,000 to 348,000 in the week ended March 17, the fewest since February 2008, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median
forecast of 46 economists in a Bloomberg News survey projected 350,000. The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls and those getting extended payments also fell.
The amount Americans owe on student loans is far higher than earlier estimates and could lead some consumers to postpone buying homes, potentially slowing the housing recovery, U.S. officials said Wednesday. Total student debt outstanding appears to have surpassed $1 trillion late last year, said officials at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency created in the wake of the financial crisis. That would be roughly 16% higher than an estimate earlier this year by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.