The Friday Week in Review: You Lie! Edition

(via Robert Blake)

(via Robert Blake)

It’s Friday, and time for another long look back at a brutal week in politics, sports and the Web. We’re going to try for a reasoned, respectful debate here, so no shouting! But feel free to call us out in comments if we start going on about death panels. Remember: There remains some significant details to work out.

Here we go:

He’s soooo coy. Tim Griffin tells The Tolbert Report he’s seriously considering running against Vic Synder.

Kim Hendren confirms — again! — that he’s running against Blanche Lincoln just like everyone else is.

In the midst of the flap over Obama’s brainwashing speech to America’s kids, Blake Rutherford says the Republican Party has resorted to silliness. And that was before Wednesday night.

Rhett Hatcher is to iMovie as David Kinkade is to Photoshop. Artists and their canvases.

This might very well happen.

Punxsutawney Pel finally rears his head to talk about ugly sexual assault allegations involving Razorbacks basketball players but leaves the local media out of it. Meanwhile, Courtney Fortson’s tweet resurfaces (teh Internets, they don’t forget!) to add insult to injury.

Bloghawgs media baron Brett Kincaid faces off against Alice “Media Consultant * Journalist” Stewart on “Today’s THV This Morning” re: aforementioned Obama school speech tomfoolery. Punditry at its finest.

The Angry Czech on the tarnishing of The Presidential™ brand.

Rex Nelson previews his Saturday Arkansas Democrat-Gazette column. Don’t let Walter catch you giving away that free content!

There was a Twestival in Little Rock, and it raised money for Reach Out and Read Arkansas.

And

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No jacket required.

The July Unemployment Report: The Numbers Behind the Numbers

That surprise report on U.S. job losses, showing a drop of one-tenth of a percentage point in the unemployment rate from June to July, is being greeted warmly on Wall Street today, despite that the decline doesn’t quite reflect reality.

First, the numbers. The U.S. Department of Labor today put the unemployment rate with 9.4 percent, with the economy having lost 247,000 jobs last month. That’s the fewest job losses in one year, and a big drop from the 443,000 jobs lost in June. Meanwhile, the report revised its number of job losses in May and June, adding back about 43,000 jobs for those two months.

Analysts had been calling for the July unemployment rate to increase to about 9.7 percent. Economists called today’s report a “turn for the better,” with some thinking the worst of job losses are over. They might be right.

But the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal today note the numbers behind the unemployment rate.

Over at the New York Times, economics blogger David Leonhardt says the only reason the unemployment rate dropped is because more people stopped looking for work and were thus ineligible to be counted as officially unemployed. He says the share of adults with jobs actually fell from the previous month.

The Wall Street Journal goes a step further, and says 10 percent unemployment is still very likely — even as the economy begins to recover:

When the economy recovers, more people are likely to reenter the labor force looking for jobs. People who decided to return to school during the downturn, for instance, would eventually return to the job search and help push the unemployment rate higher. (The government’s broader jobless rate declined a fifth of a percentage point to 16.3%. But its still-elevated level signals how many people want full-time jobs but stopped looking because they can’t get one.)

Still, investors are happy to take what good news they can get today. And so’s the White House (though even President Obama expects the rate to rise again). Since the recession began in December 2007, the economy has lost about 6.7 million jobs.

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States

WhiteHouse.gov, 2.0

WhiteHouse.gov, 2.0

At noon, Barack Obama officially became the President of the United States.

Drudge: The speech

More

Blake Rutherford live in Washington D.C.: Twitter, Think Tank Blog, Facebook, Flickr; ‘People waiting in line for more than an hour to get in …’

Rep. Steve Harrelson liveblogs at Under the Dome (includes live video)

Kristin Fisher live in Washington D.C. for WUSA: Twitter, Twitter photos; WUSA video

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Jennifer Godwin Blogs 44

Is Obama President? Yes.

The Barack Obama Inauguration

From HowIsObamaDoing.com

From HowIsObamaDoing.com

Today’s the day.

Follow the Inauguration Online

Live streaming video, Silverlight-powered stream here

Blake Rutherford live in Washington D.C.: Twitter, Think Tank Blog, Facebook, Flickr; ‘People waiting in line for more than an hour to get in …’

Rep. Steve Harrelson liveblogs at Under the Dome (includes live video)

Kristin Fisher live in Washington D.C. for WUSA: Twitter, Twitter photos; WUSA video

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Jennifer Godwin Blogs 44

Obama Girl! (via Kinkade, of course)

Bush has left the building, Arkansas Times

A line at the first D.C. checkpoint

Fisher via Twitpic: A line at the first D.C. checkpoint

Plus

Tumblr-ing the Inaugural, updates, including photos and more, here

Is Obama President? The countdown is underway

YouTube on the Inaugural

Flickr’s Inauguration Photo Pool

Obama Inaugural Committee’s Twitter feed

All Twitter inauguration tweets via Hashtag

The White House, official Web site

A view askew: Ana Marie Cox Twitters

Guides

Schedule of the events; NYT’s inaugural guide, maps

The chart: Washington D.C.’s new power structure

Where to watch

How the change-over will work

Today's Tribune

Today's Tribune

Inauguration front pages

News

Politico: Complete coverageHuffingtonpost’s Inauguration PageWSJ’s Inauguration PageDrudge …

AP: Crowds pack the mall in frigid temperatures

Most of Little Rock 9 Attending the Inauguration

WSJ: A preview of Obama’s inauguration speech

NYT: The nation awaits 44

This morning: Perino says goodbye

Broadcast, cable spend millions to cover the inauguration

Rick Warren readies prayer

Suffering in celebration … the crowds, the lines, the cattle calls

‘Feels like 12 degrees outside with wind chill …’

Cell phone jam …

The inauguration will be Youtubed, Video’d, Photosynth’d, Googled …

More

Barack Obama @ LanceTurner.com

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