November 3rd, 2010
10:24 AM ET

On the Radar: 2012, jobs and mailing terror

Road to 2012 - Wednesday belongs to Republicans. The GOP knocked Democrats out of at least 10 governorships on Tuesday and grabbed the majority in the House by winning at least 60 seats. That means John Boehner is likely to be the next speaker of the House, and President Obama called to congratulate him. Democrats held on to power in the Senate, with Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada beating Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle. The day brought victory for some other Tea Party-backed candidates, but the winning group did not include Christine O'Donnell, who lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the contest for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.

But what everyone is really talking about is two years away. The race to 2012 begins today.

Jobs - The victorious vibes are already transitioning into pressure to deliver. Voters are concerned about the economy, and the burden is on those elected Tuesday to deal with it. According to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, employers announced nearly 38,000 job cuts last month. In a separate report, payroll processor ADP says private-sector jobs increased by 43,000 in October. Economists are predicting steady growth, which could improve Obama's chances of holding onto his job.

Shipping and terror - With the new focus on safety in package shipments, Greece suspended air shipments of all mail and packages for 48 hours due to parcel bombs mailed from Athens this week. Packages were sent on Tuesday to the leaders of Germany and Italy. At least nine other bombs were sent to embassies in Athens. Authorities in Europe are scrambling to safeguard the public. One aviation chief is calling for a complete security overhaul within the industry.

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  1. WhiteKong78

    Bloomberg in 2012. I've even heard Donald Trump say he'd make outsourcing illegal. Even The Donald knows why our people have no jobs here. How can people pay their mortgage if their jobs are sent overseas?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. GoodNews316

    Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.

    November 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. IndypendentJones

    MAKE OUTSOURCING ILLEGAL! BRING JOBS BACK SO PEOPLE CAN PAY THEIR MORTGAGES! VOTE INDEPENDENT 2012

    November 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. EJ

    if you think about one of the LAST things the GOP wants is for the economy to improve the next two years. But they were voted in using the old fear tactic so they have to do something besides say NO. Looks like a very sticky wicked if you ask me

    November 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |