President Barack Obama is making the case for his economic stewardship at home by appealing to American pride, arguing that the U.S. is showing more progress than other nations. "Our economy isn't just primed for steadier, more sustained growth," Obama said today in a speech at Northwestern University. "America is better poised to lead and succeed in the 21st century than any other nation on Earth." The U.S. economy has made broad gains and companies are thriving, even if few of the benefits have trickled down to typical families. Payrolls this year are expanding at the fastest pace since 1999, growing by an average of more than 215,000 jobs per month. The jobless rate declined to 6.1 percent in August, the lowest since 2008.
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