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  • Obama slammed for neglecting jobs crisis

    obama sotu"Jobs, jobs, jobs."

    That's how CNN's Wolf Blitzer summed up last night's State of the Union address moments after it ended. But not everyone agrees.

    Yes, President Obama pushed for an array of investments in infrastructure, education, and innovation -- all of which, he argued, are crucial to long-term growth and competitiveness. But he offered very few concrete ideas to alleviate the immediate jobs crisis that's at the front of many Americans' minds. With unemployment at 9.4 percent, under-employment also sky-high, and economic growth lagging, some backers of the president would like to see more focus on job creation. And even while acknowledging that Obama's hands are tied by the Republican Congress, they're responding to the speech with frustration.

    In short, President Obama spoke last night about "winning the future." But some are asking: What about the present?

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  • sb10066311dd-001Big Brother alert! The Department of Justice says that investigations "are being frustrated" because officials aren't able to monitor online activity within the United States--and so the agency plans to lobby Congress for new legislation to expand its investigative reach online. Justice officials hope that lawmakers will approve a bill to force internet service providers to keep extensive records on the web activity of their subscribers.

    CNET's Declan McCullagh obtained a copy of a memo outlining the Justice Department's position on such matters, details that are expected to be announced on Thursday at a House hearing.

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  • This doesn't look good for putting together an insanity defense for accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner. Unnamed law enforcement sources tell The Washington Post that Loughner researched lethal injections, solitary confinement, and other famous assassins on his computer before he allegedly shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others.

    "The impression investigators have is that he was trying to educate himself on assassinations and also research the consequences," one source told the Post.


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