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Question of the Day
One of the Senate’s leading fiscal conservatives says defense spending could be slashed by $68 billion over 10 years if the military stops spending millions of dollars operating grocery stores and schools and developing a roll-up version of beef jerky.
By turns sober and cheeky, the report points out that the Pentagon has spent more than $1 million on the 100-year Starship Project. About $100,000 went for a workshop that included a discussion titled “Did Jesus Die for Klingons Too?”
Superstorm Sandy blamed for spike in jobless claims
Superstorm Sandy drove the number of people seeking unemployment benefits up to a seasonally adjusted 439,000 last week, the highest level in 18 months.
The Labor Department said applications increased by 78,000 because a large number were filed in states damaged by the storm. People can claim unemployment benefits if their workplaces close and they don’t get paid.
The storm may distort claims for another two weeks, the department has said. The four-week average of applications, a less-volatile number, increased to 383,750.
Before the storm, applications fluctuated between 360,000 and 390,000 this year. At the same time, employers added an average of nearly 157,000 jobs a month. That is barely enough to lower the unemployment rate, which was 7.9 percent in October.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports
By Michael P. Orsi
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