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News of the Day: What We’re Reading

Economy

Employment Rate For Young Adults Lowest In 60 Years, Study Says

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/employment-rate-young-adults_n_1264241.html

Just 54 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 currently have jobs, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center. That’s the lowest employment rate for this age group since the government began keeping track in 1948

 

Regulation

Jobs rebound dampens QE3 prospects: Fed officials

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/08/us-usa-fed-idUSTRE8111E720120208

The pick-up in jobs has caught the eye of two top Federal Reserve officials who said on Wednesday that continued improvement in the beleaguered labor market dampens prospects for more economic stimulus measures from the central bank.

 

Healthcare

New Plan to Cut the Fat of the Military

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/09/us-usa-military-obesity-idUSTRE8180RV20120209

(Reuters) – Obese Americans in the military are a national security hazard and first lady Michelle Obama wants to see that change.

 

Energy

Energy independence within reach for U.S.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120208/NEWS0107/202080339/0/NEWS01

The United States is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

 

Education

Obama Rekindles State Debates on Dropout Age

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/02/08/20compulsory_ep.h31.html

President Barack Obama’s call for every state to require school attendance until age 18 may spark a flurry of action in some statehouses, but changing attendance laws will do little by itself to drive down the nation’s dropout rates, experts on the issue say.

 

Foreign Policy

Greeks fail to strike deal to take to Brussels

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/09/us-greece-idUSTRE8120HI20120209

Greek leaders failed early on Thursday to agree on reforms and austerity measures, the price of a bailout to avoid a messy default, forcing Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos to go to the country’s financial backers with an incomplete deal.

 

 

 

Joseph Chrisman

American Action Forum

jchrisman@americanactionforum.org

405.821.2122

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