President Obama's speech last night took place in a world where the jobs crisis didn't exist. But today's jobs report reveals a country where the jobs crisis is very much ongoing, and where the agenda the president laid out in Charlotte is clearly insufficient.
What President Obama offered the country on the final night of the Democratic convention was reminiscent of what offered Warren G. Harding offered almost a century ago: A return to normalcy after a long period of emergency.
What was different about Clinton's speech -- what's always been different about his speeches -- is that Clinton trusts the American people to care about the issues enough to listen to a detailed explanation of them. And the American people, in return, trust Clinton to explain the issues.
Responding to Bill Clinton's speech, my colleague Glenn Kessler takes aim at the White House's deficit reduction and jobs plans. There are problems in both, but I'm not sure they're the problems Glenn points out.
"People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets," former President Bill Clinton said. "What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic." That's also the one-word answer to what Clinton brought to his convention speech.
There's a reason Bill Clinton is on the stage tonight. When he was president, America enjoyed a booming economy and surpluses. Since he left the White House, things haven't been quite as good. Here are the best charts on what's happened.
Bill Clinton will deliver tonight’s keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. That means you can expect to hear a lot of Democrats say some version of the following: “What’s so bad about going back to the Clinton-era tax rates?” But most Democrats -- including President Obama -- do not want to go back to the Clinton-era tax code.
In the United States, labor unions have sharply declined since the 1960s. Many economists chalk this up to structural changes in the U.S. economy. Yet a new paper compares the United States with nearby Canada and suggests that changes in labor law might be a more likely culprit.
The backdrop for energy and environmental debates has shifted markedly in the past four years. And Democrats have shifted their position as well. A comparison of the 2008 and 2012 party platforms reveals that Democrats are a bit quieter about climate change and more ambivalent about fossil fuels this year.