Taking The Pulse Of The U.S. Economy

Taking The Pulse Of The U.S. Economy

The stock market, consumer spending, housing prices and better-than-expected job numbers: taking the pulse of the U.S. economy.

The U.S. economy has been showing some positive signs: the stock market is up. House prices in many places are higher than they’ve been for seven years. The number of new workers seeking unemployment benefits has declined, and the deficit is smaller this year compared to last. But there are still more than 12 million Americans looking for work. Current deficit numbers may delay the next political showdown over the raising the debt limit, but that battle is still coming, and there is no sign that the White House and Congress will be able to agree on plan that supports long term growth. Please join us to discuss what’s ahead for the U.S. economy.

Guests

Damian Paletta

reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

Greg Ip

U.S. economics editor for The Economist and author of "The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World."

David Leonhardt

Washington bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the e-book: “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth."

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