Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday's Daily Brief

Friday, December 2, 2011
U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls To Lowest Level In Nearly Three Years
Herman Cain On 'Hannity': 'I Am Going To Reestablish My Character'
Apple, Verizon, Google, Microsoft, AT&T And Others Speak Out On Phone 'Tracking' Controversy
Honda Recalls 304,000 Vehicles For Air-Bag Problem
Geoengineering Could Save Earth -- Or Destroy It
Jared Bernstein: Jobs Report, First Impressions
Employment was up 120,000 last month and the unemployment rate dropped significantly, to 8.6 percent in November down from 9 percent in October. While the employment story has improved over the past few months, the decline in the November unemployment rate isn't as good as it sounds. There's still a great deal of slack in the job market and we're a long way away from providing job seekers and workers with the job and wage increases they need to get ahead. Outside of the public sector, we're at least moving in the right direction -- but very slowly.
Cecile Richards: What Siri's Blind Spot on Women's Health Really Means
Apple's trusty little phone wizard is clueless about birth control or abortion care. While this may be nothing more than a programming glitch, it is a modern-day example of the historic struggle women have always faced in getting access to health care and health information.
Carl Pope: Letter From Durban
Although the formal negotiating process is a disappointment -- particularly the U.S. role -- the opportunities we face keep increasing, along with the challenges. Can Durban be the turning point?
Gretchen Rubin: 8 Splendid Truths of Happiness
In my study of happiness, I've labored to identify its fundamental principles. Because I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism, I decided to dub these fundamental principles as my Eight Splendid Truths.
Gisele Bundchen: End Mother to Child Transmission -- Together, We Can Make a Difference
Today, more than 1,000 babies are born with HIV every day in the developing world. As a mother, this statistic really breaks my heart, especially when as many as 98% of these cases could be prevented.

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