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American Jobs Act News Round-up

As President Obama gave his big jobs speech last night, residents of the greater Washington area were trying to stem the deluge caused by five days of unrelenting, torrential rain.

Our streets are now rivers, schools and roads are closed all over D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and parts of the Capital Beltway are under water so fewer inside-the-Beltway commuters will actually be taking their mindsets inside the Beltway. Obviously, God has had enough of our smoothie-sipping, upscale cupcake eating, lack of job creating, flash-flood surfing ways.



But back to the president's speech announcing the $450 billion-ish American Jobs Act. I'm certainly no E.J. Dionne or Howard Fineman, but I thought it was his best speech in quite awhile. Passionate, bold, direct, calling on Congress to stop the silly circus, asking repeatedly for immediate action ("Pass this bill right away..."), and seeing the jobs problem for it really is: a severe crisis that can't wait another 14 months for action. I could do without any tinkering with Social Security financing, but I like the proposed employer tax credit for hiring the long-term unemployed and the idea of infrastructure spending to create jobs, among other things. It's a good start. The legislation has a lot of good ideas for the Republicans to reject. Sorry, I'm a bit cynical these days. Anyway, here's your globe-hopping American Jobs Act news round-up:

The Atlantic

The Guardian (U.K.)

Bloomberg

The New Republic

The Toronto Sun

The Vancouver Sun

The L.A. Times

The Times Of India

Xinhua News Service (China)

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

The Economist

The Irish Times

BBC

MSNBC

CNN

The New York Times

Gawker

The Onion

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