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Fri September 9, 2011

The Nation: Obama's Speech Changes Conversation

Originally published on Fri September 9, 2011 6:53 am

President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall style meeting on Aug. 17, 2011 in Alpha, Illinois. President Obama was on the last day of a three-day bus tour of the Midwest during which he will discuss ways to improve the economy and create jobs, and hear directly from Americans.
Joe Raedle AFP/Getty Images

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute.

After a year of embracing austerity economics—emphasizing cutting spending and government over creating new jobs—Barack Obama belatedly tried to change the conversation with his big jobs speech Thursday night.

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Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

While Susquehanna River Is Receding, Residents Can't Return Just Yet

Flooding continues along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, New York State and down into Maryland continues.

But as headlines from around the region show, the worst may be over.

Still, there's no word yet on when an estimated 100,000 people who had to leave their homes will be able to return.

Some of the stories:

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Fri September 9, 2011

Comparing Job Plans: No Shortage Of Ideas

A giant sign reading "jobs" hangs outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, D.C.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

In the 2012 election cycle, "Job No. 1" for any political candidate will be to lay out persuasive plans for generating more middle-income jobs.

In the more than two years since the Great Recession ended, job growth has been exceptionally slow. Today, 14 million U.S. workers cannot find jobs and the unemployment rate hovers at 9.1 percent. That's nearly twice the level that would reflect a healthy labor market.

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Fri September 9, 2011
Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

Road To Sept. 11: Saudi Arabia's Highway 15 Revisited

A detour along Saudi Arabia's Highway 15.
Charles M. Sennott GlobalPost

The road to Sept. 11 began here on Highway 15 in Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, which stretches from Mecca into a barren desert landscape and up into the winding, rocky passes of the Asir province bordering Yemen.

Osama bin Laden's father, a Saudi construction magnate, built this highway in the 1960s connecting the kingdom to his ancestral homeland of Yemen, and it was along this same stretch of asphalt that Osama bin Laden recruited 12 of the 15 Saudi youths who were among the 19 hijackers to carry out the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Fri September 9, 2011