Friday Afternoon News Roundup
Remember that Barack Obama is a communist. Or did they say he was a socialist? Whatever. He is bad for business. The Dow Jones industrial average, however, briefly topped 15,000 for the first time ever.
The new job numbers are out for April. The unemployment rate is 7.5%. The economy gained 165,000 jobs in April. The Economic Policy Institute has more.
As long as I’m talking about the economy, I saw this interesting bit of data about home prices skyrocketing in Las Vegas.
For some reason (and maybe you have to be a Conservative to understand it) Conservatives continue to jump up and down about Benghazi. Fox News continues to try to make this into some Watergate scandal, but there’s no there… there.
One of the cool things about tracking down the Boston Marathon bombers is that they stole a Mercedes ML 350 SUV with mbrace technology. This made the car incredibly easy to track and allowed the Boston police department to close in on the suspects. Kind of cool. Continue reading Friday Afternoon News Roundup
This is interesting –
MINNESOTA SENATE RACE — By the numbers
$51.1 million raised between Coleman and Franken for the entire campaign
$50.3 million spent between the two candidates
$11 million, at least, spent on the recount
2,424,946 votes cast
$94,783 Coleman ordered to pay Franken to cover court costs
1974 was the year of the longest Senate recount in history in New Hampshire between Republican Louis Wyman against Democrat John Durkin. The Republican, Wyman, struggling in an election year following the Nixon Watergate scandal, led by 355 votes after the votes were first tallied. Durkin, however, took the unusual step of challenging the election and eventually won by 27,000 votes 316 days later on Sept. 16, 1975, when the state ultimately decided to hold a special election.
$500 an hour for lawyers
312 votes separating the candidates – Franken leads
231 days since Election Day 2008
225 votes that Franken led by after rejected absentees were included — he added to his total after Coleman rejected absentees were added
215 votes Coleman led by on Election Day 2008
63% of a year since Election Day 2008
33 weeks since Election Day 2008
7 months, 19 days since Election Day 2008
4 seasons seen since Election Day 2008 election
3 Coleman court challenges (at least: state Supreme Court, three-judge panel, attempt to throw out rejected absentees)