Bad economic news – The economy added only net 69,000 jobs in the month of May, raising the unemployment rate to 8.2%. The U.S. needs to add 150,000 jobs a month to move unemployment in the right direction.
But swing states are moving Obama’s way (via Politico) – In the swing states that will almost certainly decide the 2012 election, economic trends favor Obama as unemployment moves lower than the national average according to a Moody’s Analytics report. The following chart shows unemployment trends and projections for several key battleground states:
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Top stories – 5 Things That Can Help You Understand Modern Art (Jake Horowitz) – How can someone without any artistic background understand and appreciate modern art? American curator Linda Green explains.
Yale Grad Marina Keegan Dies in Car Crash; Teaches Us How Not to Be Fearful (Sarah Swong) – The late Yale graduate Marina Keegan tells us not only how not to be lonely, but how not to be fearful.
War With Syria: Armed Intervention By the U.S. is Not the Answer (William Bauer) – The situation in Syria is bad, but would be made worse if the West intervened with force.
Obama vs. Romney: The Effect of Social Media on the 2012 Elections (Syra Sharif) – Social Media is important for candidates to help spread out and connect to different voters.
Zombie Apocalypse: Following Miami 'Face Eating' Attack, Government Says Drug Use Causes Cannibalism [Satire] (Cameron English) – Following last week's vicious Miami face-eating attack, the federal government is adding a weapon to its arsenal in the war on drugs: cannibalism.
Best of the week – Happy Friday! Here the highlights from the week at PolicyMic:
- Most Mic’d story this week was Brian Hynes’ 4 Myths About Barack Obama You Probably Didn't Know You Bought in to
- Your stories were linked in The Philly Post & Forbes
The mistrial – Why John Edwards should not be retried (via WashPo). Mr. Edwards’s undeniably reprehensible conduct was not a criminal offense. “In order to find him guilty, the jury would have had to determine beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Edwards acted knowingly and willfully to violate the campaign finance laws. That was always a stretch.”
What we’re reading – The meme generation (National Standard); Barack Obama:Drone Warrior (WashPo); Obama order sped up wave of cyberattacks against Iran(NYT); The battle for the Cato Institute (Washingtonian).