(NEWSBUSTERS) Apparently, the sheer number of weak to awful economic reports seen during the past month or so finally led Josh Boak at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, to acknowledge that "critical pieces of the economy remain troubled almost six years into the recovery."
Boak's belated timing is interesting, to say the least, given that the Federal Reserve is weighing whether or not to raise interest rates for the first time in six years several months from now.
An economy that was supposedly giving President Barack Obama justification for taunting his opponents just three weeks ago is now suddenly "flashing some signs of weakness." The message to Fed Chair Janet Yellen appears to be: "Don't raise interest rates. Once we know you won't, we can go back to pretending the economy is fine." Boak still downplayed how weak the data has been, which will be seen after the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):
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