Take Two for August 2, 2013

Friday Flashback: Job Numbers, Obama on tour and more

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A "we are hiring" sign is displayed on a table during a job fair in San Francisco.

Americans struggle to find work, while Congress takes a vacation. Just a couple of topics we'll dig into now, on the Friday Flashback, our look at the big events and news of the week.

Joining us again from Washington, Nancy Cook of National Journal, and LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian back in the Flashback chair. 

Job numbers are out this morning, weaker than expected. The operative word seems to be sluggish. After so many years, why can't we seem to get the jobs machine out of first gear?

One data point in the jobs report could be seen as pretty disturbing. The average number of hours worked by employees has fallen. Again. It's now down to 34 hours a week. Are we now living in part-time America?

President Obama has been kind on tour, visiting cities, and sounding a little like he's joined Occupy Wall Street. What's behind this new message from the White House?

Congress is adjourning for their long summer recess, and there is every indication of a big mess when they return in mid-September. There's been no progress on a budget. The government will run out of money on October first. And, unless Congress raises the debt ceiling, we'll be in danger of defaulting on our debt shortly after that. How do you think this is going to play out over the fall?

When you look back at the winter and spring, there's not much that came out of Congress. They were able to agree on dealing with student loans. Beyond that, not much. Any other accomplishments of note, or is this really one of the least productive Congresses ever?

There have been some interesting stories about Kentucky senator and minority leader Mitch McConnell. He's facing re-election next year, and not only does he have what could be a pretty tough Democratic opponent, he's also facing a primary challenge from a rival Republican.

A lot of people here in California think of Mitch McConnell as an arch conservative, but maybe not conservative enough for Kentucky. 

Let's talk about something a little closer to home: San Diego mayor Bob Filner. Last night the Fox affiliate in San Diego interviewed yet another woman who said she'd been groped by Filner. The latest woman joins eight other women who have gone on record complaining about sexual harassment by the mayor. 

It's hard for a lot of people to understand why this man just doesn't resign. Is it something specific to Bob Filner, or is the instinct to hold onto office at all costs just sort of a common one for politicians?

Anthony Weiner is refusing to give up as well, even though he's dropped in the polls, and a host of Democrats, including two named Clinton, really want him to go away. Doesn't it seem like there's little chance of this having a happy ending?


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