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Friday, September 3, 2010

Unemployment climbs to 9.6 percent. Barbara Boxer will lose to Carly Fiorina + more

The U.S. economy created a modest 67,000 private sector jobs in August, slightly better than expected but still not enough to bring down the unemployment rate, which ticked up slightly to 9.6 percent.
The jobs report indicates the economic recovery remains locked in neutral. It is unlikely to relieve pressure on the White House to come up with something—anything—to jumpstart growth heading into a midterm election in which the party faces possibly catastrophic losses. (See full story)

Why Sen. Barbara Boxer will lose to Carly Fiorina

Boxer will lose, not because Fiorina is an impressive candidate (although she certainly is), but because voters - even in liberal California - have grown disaffected with ideological, partisan insiders with minimal accomplishments to their name. With the Golden State’s economy in full meltdown mode, angry Californians are looking for scapegoats, and the incumbent senator fits the description. (Full story)

Democratic Texas lawmaker admits mistake in scholarship scandal

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, has been under fire recently, accused of breaking rules in giving the scholarships to relatives.
Johnson is accused of awarding scholarship money to her grandsons, David and Kirk Johnson, as well as the children of her Dallas district director, Rod Givens, last year. Each of the relatives were awarded two scholarships in the past year.

Johnson is a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and is a former board member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which gives each member $10,000 every year to award as scholarships to students in his or her district.

The scholarship money comes from tax-deductible charitable donations.

The Dallas Morning News newspaper reported that Johnson has awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to two grandsons, two great-nephews and Givens' children in the past five years.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's rules state eligible students must attend school in the district of the caucus member and not be related to anyone affiliated with the caucus. (Full story)

ANDERSON COOPER GRILLS Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas

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