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Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.
There were plenty of economy watchers surprised by what they saw in today's new government jobs report. 236,000 jobs were added last month - tens of thousands more than expected. The U.S. unemployment rate is also down to 7.7 percent, the lowest level in more than four years. But Diane Swonk, chief economist for Mesirow Financial, says the lower jobless rate still includes troubling factors:
"Fewer people actually throwing their hat into the ring. And that sign of hope, you really look for, when people are really feeling good about the labor force... we really want to see an increase in the participation rate."
Even as they were forcing budget cuts on the rest of government, many U.S. lawmakers were doing something else with their own office budgets. CNN's Lisa Desjardins poured-over thousands of pages of expense reports to see how House members spent their own office budgets. She found almost a quarter of them gave their staffs bonuses. At a local Washington D.C. restaurant, employee Amy Olenick finds that revelation frustrating:
"When things aren't (going well), nobody's getting bonuses, and I believe the American public would feel Congress should be reacting the same way."
Of the many conflicts the world's endured over the years, from civil wars to world wars, stories of heroism and valor might be considered the silver linings. The stories of great generals or crack troops like Seal Team 6 that brought down Osama bin Laden are often lauded. But there's another side of war gets little focus: why do some soldiers risk their lives to save their enemy? Are such acts of chivalry obsolete now that we live in an age of drone strikes and terrorism? CNN.com writer John Blake shares one of those acts of chivalry with us:
"...It's five days before Christmas, in 1943 during World War II. And over the skies of France, an American B-17 bomber pilot, named Charles Brown, is in serious trouble. This is his first combat mission and the way things look it might be his last..."