January 12, 2014

AP’s Rugaber: ‘Jobs Report Puzzles Economists’; Fails to Cite Obamacare Confusion or Costs

Following up on Friday’s awful jobs report from the government (only 74,000 seasonally adjusted jobs added, with the unemployment rate dropping to 6.7 percent only because adults continued to leave the workforce), the Asssociated Press’s Christopher Rugaber tried to search for excuses.

To its credit, the headline at Rugaber’s report didn’t blatantly dissemble like the one at Bloomberg, which, in revising the title of an underrated Stevie Wonder song from the 1970s (“Blame It on the Sun”), blamed it on the cold and snow: “Old Man Winter Put a Chill on U.S. Labor Market at End of 2013.” But the AP reporter predictably failed to entertain the possibility that Obamacare’s virtual chaos, plan cancellations, and impending 2014 premium hikes might have thrown a great deal of sand into the job market’s gears, even though a virtual halt in healthcare hiring stuck out like a sore thumb. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘More Job Market Malaise’) Went Up Yesterday

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:45 pm

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog Monday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011214)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Papal visit to Holy Land to focus on ecumenism with Orthodox

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 8, 2014 / 12:06 am

Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to be held in May, will center on his encounter with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Eastern Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople, and their discussions on ecumenism.

Announcing the trip Jan. 5, Pope Francis said its “principal goal” is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred … 50 years ago today.”

That encounter was the beginning of ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and led to a joint declaration issued in 1965 which declared the two leaders’ desire “to overcome their differences in order to be again ‘one’ as the Lord Jesus asked of his Father for them”, and which lifted the mutual excommunications of their predecessors issued in 1054, which profoundly contributed to the schism between Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism.

Pope Francis is visiting with Patriarch Bartholomew at the Patriarch’s request, which was made at the Roman Pontiff’s inaugural Mass on March 19. That was the first time the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople had attended such an event since 1054.

Following the Mass, Patriarch Bartholomew suggested that they visit the Holy Land together, commemorating and hopefully replicating the embrace between their predecessors; Pope Francis responded by embracing the Patriarch.

Pope Francis’ visit will take place May 24-26, where he and the Patriarch will celebrate an ecumenical meeting at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site of Christ’s burial in Jerusalem, which is shared among Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Catholics.

In addition to visiting Jerusalem, Pope Francis will travel to Bethlehem, in Palestine, and to Amman, in Jordan.

Pope Francis’ good relations build with Patriarch Bartholomew build on those of his predecessors since Paul VI. …

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