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May 3rd, 2013
10:21 AM ET

VIDEO: Mixed reactions to April jobs report – Grover Norquist and Kenneth Baer weigh in

Americans for Tax Reform's Grover Norquist and Harbour Group's Kenneth Baer on the April jobs report and U.S. economy.

Filed under: Economy • Unemployment
April 5th, 2013
10:15 AM ET

Mesirow Financial's Swonk: March jobs report 'something to be concerned about'

Mesirow Financial's Diane Swonk weighs in on the March jobs report and what it means for the economy. The Labor Department's March jobs report shows 88,000 jobs were created, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.6%.

Filed under: Economy • Unemployment
March 8th, 2013
09:39 AM ET

VIDEO: Feb. unemployment rate drops to 7.7%, with 236,000 jobs created – Christine Romans reports

Christine Romans breaks down the Feb. jobs report, showing 236,000 jobs created and the jobless rate drops to 7.7%.

Filed under: Economy • Unemployment rate
March 7th, 2013
09:57 AM ET

Rep. Hoyer: Key to fixing fiscal issues is with balanced approach, says lawmakers need to come to an agreement on drone policy

This morning on "Starting Point," Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) talks with Soledad O'Brien about what he hopes will come from President Obama's dinner with GOP senators last night. He also weighs in on Attorney General Eric Holder's comments on authorizing use of lethal force via drones in U.S.

Filed under: Drones • Economy
March 6th, 2013
08:51 AM ET

Is the Dow record high sustainable? Christine Romans and Ali Velshi weigh in

All eyes are on Wall Street this morning, as folks watch to see if the market can break records two days in a row.

The Dow closed yesterday just below 14,253, a new record. That breaks the old high from October 2007, before the economy crashed.

But can this market surge be sustained? This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Ali Velshi and Christine Romans look at what's behind the market boom and if it's too late to cash in on it.

Filed under: Economy • Markets
February 20th, 2013
11:48 AM ET

Bowles on new economic plan: We're going to have to push both sides out of their comfort zone

This morning on "Starting Point," Erskine Bowles, with the Campaign to Fix the Debt, talks with Soledad O'Brien his new plan with Alan Simpson to avoid automatic spending cuts. Transcript available after the jump.


Filed under: Economy • Uncategorized
February 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

Virginia Gov. McDonnell: Americans want bipartisan plan from President Obama in State of the Union

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) on expectations for economic details in President Obama's State of the Union address.

Filed under: Economy • State of the Union
February 12th, 2013
09:51 AM ET

NEC director Sperling: Fixing the economy 'isn't about coming up with new fads like the Frisbee or the Hula-Hoop'

This evening, President Obama will address the joint sessions of Congress for his "State of the Union" address. Sources are telling CNN that the White House views the speech as kind of a part two to the president's tough progressive inauguration speech.

Sources also say he will pivot back to talking about the economy, talking about your money. Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the President for economic policy, joins Soledad on "Starting Point" to preview President Obama's address.

"I think this president has always believed that a strong middle class is not only our goal for economic policy, it's also how we spark the engine of further economic growth," Sperling says. "You are going to hear him talking about how we make and continue to make the United States the magnet for strong job creation. For locating jobs that pay well that help families make a middle class living and that will focus on manufacturing, focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, small business, and very importantly, what we have to do to give our young people and current workers the skills they need to fit those jobs."

Soledad reminds Sperling that President Obama has made similar promises in all of his previous State of the Union addresses, and asks what is different this time around.

"This isn't about coming up with new fads like the Frisbee or the Hula-Hoop," he says. "It's about what are the ingredients each and every year for what makes us a magnet for the strongest jobs. I don't think the American people want us to lose our focus and attention."

He adds, "Let's remember, we've gone from losing 800,000 jobs a month to having seen our private sector create 6 million jobs in the private sector over the last 35 months. So things are getting better, they are not good enough, and he will keep pushing on the economic things that matter to middle class families that strengthen the middle class, that spark our economy."

He also addresses the question of sequestration. Watch more in the video clip above.

Filed under: Economy • State of the Union • Uncategorized
February 1st, 2013
10:32 AM ET

Jobs added, unemployment up in January – Christine Romans on why the numbers indicate modest growth


The jobs recovery continued to crawl forward at a slow pace in January, and there's little hope it will pick up any time soon.

The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in January, according to a Labor Department report released Friday. That's slower growth than in December, when employers hired 196,000 workers.

This morning on "Starting Point," Christine Romans breaks down the numbers and explains why she thinks they show modest growth.

READ MORE: Jobs report: Steady hiring continues

Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Unemployment
January 29th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

NY Times's Krugman says immigration reform is best for US, economy is getting better slowly

One of the most famous economists in the world, and a leading liberal voice in the media, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is also the author of “End This Depression Now” out now in paperback. He joins the "Starting Point" team this morning to weigh in on proposed immigration reform.

He also discusses what it will take to strengthen the U.S. economy, and debates Rep. Marsha Blackburn on the elements that are holding the country back from growth.

Transcript available after the video.


Filed under: Economy • Immigration • Immigration reform
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