Economy dominates Americans' concerns, poll finds

Americans are more concerned with the economy than the Iraq War, according to a survey from CBS News and The New York Times, which found that economic turmoil is the dominating issue during this presidential race.

Americans are more concerned with the economy than the Iraq War, according to a survey from CBS News and The New York Times, which found that economic turmoil is the dominating issue during this presidential race. The survey also reported that 81% of Americans think the United States is heading in the wrong direction, making it the lowest approval rating since the newspaper began tracking such results in the early 1990s.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents felt the same thing last year and 35% in 2002. Those might not be just empty feelings. The Department of Labor just reported that 80,000 jobs were cut and the unemployment rate rose to 5.1% in March.

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Employees of photo-sharing website Slide.com were caught posting fake positive reviews online, via Facebook applications.

Model Naomi Campbell and British Airways worked together to damage both their reputations this week. On Thursday evening at Heathrow Airport, British Airways, after dealing with problems in its new Terminal 5 all week, forcibly removed Campbell from a flight after an issue with her luggage. The model responded by assaulting a police officer. She was arrested and released on bail late last night.

MSNBC launched the NewsBreaker Game, in which visitors must play a pong-like video game in order to read the headlines of the day. Employees of an advertising, media buying or media planning agency in the US can compete for a one-day MSNBC.com homepage takeover ad on behalf of the charity of their choice or other prizes. PR professionals can't compete for prizes, but they can play the game.


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