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Job Loss Chart: What 3.6 Million Jobs Lost Over 13 Months Looks Like

The Huffington Post |   February 6, 2009 06:51 PM

Some notable graphs were released on Friday while analysts and members of Congress waited for a compromise to be reached in the Senate on the stimulus package.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office released the chart below highlighting the sharp spike in job losses around the country.

This chart compares the job loss so far in this recession to job losses in the 1990-1991 recession and the 2001 recession — showing how dramatic and unprecedented the job loss over the last 13 months has been. Over the last 13 months, our economy has lost a total of 3.6 million jobs – and continuing job losses in the next few months are predicted.
By comparison, we lost a total of 1.6 million jobs in the 1990-1991 recession, before the economy began turning around and jobs began increasing; and we lost a total of 2.7 million jobs in the 2001 recession, before the economy began turning around and jobs began increasing.

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The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

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Todd Palin Guilty: Contempt of Senate

Huffington Post- Shannyn Moore
Posted February 6, 2009 | 02:34 PM (EST)

Branchflower Investigation?
$100,000

James Dobson Legal Offense Fund?
$185,000

Todd Palin & Co. in Contempt of Senate?
PRICELESS!

Last July 14, Alaskan lawmakers unanimously voted to investigate the abuse of power allegations against Governor Sarah Palin. At the time, the Governor welcomed the chance to clear the air and had directed her staff to cooperate with the investigations.

On August 29, 2008 everything changed. Sarah Palin was picked to be John McCain’s running mate. Formerly cooperative witnesses now had to be subpoenaed. They ignored their subpoenas. Was there witness tampering? What was Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg’s role?

At 10:09am on February 6, 2009, Senate Resolution #5 passed 16-1. This resolution finds the witnesses who ignored their subpoenas GUILTY OF CONTEMPT of the Alaska State Senate.

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Here’s a video of Senator Hollis French introducing Senate Resolution 5:

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Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele, with the Republican National Committees Linda Ackerman, was elected RNC chairman Jan. 30. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press)

Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele, with the Republican National Committee's Linda Ackerman, was elected RNC chairman Jan. 30. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press)

Steele’s Campaign Spending Questioned

Agents Contact Sister After Ex-Aide’s Claims

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 7, 2009; Page A01

Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors.

Federal agents in recent days contacted Steele’s sister, a spokesman for Steele said yesterday.

The claim about the payment, one of several allegations by Alan B. Fabian, is outlined in a confidential court document. Fabian offered the information last March as he was seeking leniency for himself during plea negotiations on unrelated fraud charges. It is unclear how extensively his claims have been pursued. Prosecutors gave him no credit for cooperation when he was sentenced in October.

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