Archive for May 3rd, 2013

03
May
13

night owl chat – poetry edition

Which came first, the word or music? We may never know. I’m torn: I’m a writer, but music permeates my life.

Still, in a change of pace, some spoken word for the night.

First, Donald Hall, former US poet laureate.

The amazing Maya Angelou.

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03
May
13

Hello Costa Rica

President Obama and Costa Rica’s President Laura Chinchilla smile as schoolchildren sing to them at Casa Amarilla during his visit to San Jose, May 3

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03
May
13

Mexico to Costa Rica

President Obama greets members of the audience after his speech at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City

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All times Eastern – Costa Rica:

5:40: The President and President Chinchilla hold a bilateral meeting

6:30: The President and President Chinchilla hold a cultural event with Costa Rican youth

7:15: The President and President Chinchilla hold a press conference

8:35: The President participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders

9:0: The President, President Chinchilla and Central American Integration System leaders meet for a working dinner

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03
May
13

Chat Away

President Obama waves through the window of his car in Mexico City, May 2

Back in a while with more from Mexico – chat away!

03
May
13

Rise and Shine

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All times Eastern:

10:15 AM: The President delivers remarks at the Anthropology Museum, Mexico City (White House live)

10:30: VP Biden and Sec of State Kerry deliver remarks at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque Ceremony at the State Department (White House live)

12:25: President Obama meets with Mexican entrepreneurs

1:25: Departs Mexico City

4:0: Arrives San Jose, Costa Rica

4:35: Meets and greets with United States Embassy personnel

5:40: The President and President Chinchilla hold a bilateral meeting

6:30: The President and President Chinchilla hold a cultural event with Costa Rican youth

7:15: Press conference

7:30: VP Biden speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party’s 2013 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner (C-Span)

7:35: President Obama participates in a photo with Central American Integration System leaders

9:0: Central American Integration System leaders meet for a working dinner

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Bloomberg: Employment picked up more than forecast in April and the jobless rate unexpectedly declined to a four-year low of 7.5 percent, showing the early stages of government budget cuts failed to destabilize the U.S. labor market.

Payrolls expanded by 165,000 workers last month following a revised 138,000 increase in March that was larger than first estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 90 economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected a 140,000 gain. Revisions to the prior two months’ reports added a total of 114,000 jobs to the employment count in February and March.

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Steve Benen: After the discouraging jobs report a month ago, many were eager to see the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning to see whether the jobs market would bounce back or continue to deteriorate.

For now, it looks like the former. The U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April, more than expected, and overall unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%, its lowest point in four-and-a-half years. As is usually the case, there was a gap between the two major sectors – America’s private sector added 176,000 jobs last month, while spending cuts caused the public sector lose 11,000 jobs.

…. February was revised up from 268,000 jobs to 332,000, making it the single best month for job creation since 2005 (excluding temporary Census hiring). March was also revised up, from 88,000 to 138,000. In other words, as of this morning’s report, the previous two months added an additional 114,000 jobs we didn’t previously know about.

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