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Greetings,     Well the dropping unemployment rate is good news for the American economy, hopeful news for the American worker, and VERY good political news for Barack Obama. 

    If jobs keep picking back up at this pace, the unemployment rate will be rapidly heading down to pre-crisis levels. 

   In other news, Mitt Romney accepted the endorsement of Donald Trump on stage in Las Vegas yesterday. This had two effects. 1) It got people talking about something other than whether Romney cares about poor people. 2) It potentially saddles Romney with all of Trump’s baggage. 

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The Day’s Reads:

Ronald Brownstein: Obama’s electoral map just got harder to draw.  

Nate Silver: On the relationship of job-growth and presidential electoral politics

Jonah Goldberg: Romney will owe conservatives

Martin Wolf: End this masochistic economic policymaking


This Day In Politics

On February 3rd 1988, The U.S. House of Representatives rejected President Ronald Reagan’s request for at least $36.25 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Tweet Of The Day:

From Business Insider’s own Joe Weisenthal on the impressive jobs report. 


JW Tweet

What’s Next

The Nevada caucuses are tomorrow. Watch for how well Ron Paul does. And then watch a discussion as to whether Romney, the turnaround artist, can run a successful campaign against a president leading an economy that is turning around already. 


Take care, 


Michael Brendan Dougherty  Politics Editor BusinessInsider.com [email protected]

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