Lower Unemployment May Paint Incomplete Picture
The Labor Department reports that the country's unemployment rate fell sharply last month. It dropped from 9 percent to 8.6 percent. Unfortunately, the real labor market may not have improved all that much. Many workers have given up looking for jobs, and their "retirement" can skew the unemployment rate, making it look better than the reality.
Week In Politics: Economy, GOP Primary Race
Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
Some Jacksonville Jaguars Fans Object To New Owner
In Jacksonville, Fla., there's been a bit of angst this week. The football coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars was fired, and the team's longtime owner announced he's selling the franchise to an Illinois businessman. Some people believe the buyer, Shad Khan, plans to move to the team. Others have voiced concerns because Khan is a native of Pakistan — even though he has lived in the U.S. for decades.
Did Crosby's Concussion Impact NHL Rules?
A star in the NHL, Sidney Crosby has returned to the ice after a concussion put him out for nearly a year. Guy Raz talks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about whether Crosby's injury has changed the way the NHL does business.
For Afghan Women, Rape Law Offers Little Protection
A recent U.N. report suggests that laws to protect women in Afghanistan from rape and forced marriage are still not being enforced. As NATO prepares to leave, concerns grow that women's rights will be further compromised.
The Marvels And Messes Of A Month Of Writing
This week marked the end of National Novel Writing Month, a marathonlike contest that boasted over 200,000 participants last year. Each year, some attempts end in failure. However, for others, like best-selling author Erin Morgenstern, it's only the beginning of their story.
GOP Leaders, Lawmakers Differ On Payroll Tax Cut
President Obama has called on Congress to extend a payroll tax cut, but the first bills aiming to do just that have failed in the Senate. Republican leaders want their party to join Democrats and renew the tax holiday. But some in the GOP are reluctant to get onboard.