CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, January 22, 2016

  • ICYMI, today’s Des Moines Register reminds you that caucuses are almost here, and “the media horde is about to land.” Plan ahead if you’re going out.
  • On a related note, the media horde (more specifically, Politico) have generated a long Des Moines story about “How America’s Dullest City Got Cool” while they weren’t watching.
  • Meanwhile, Slate has a piece taking Marco Rubio and Donald Trump to task for various boots- and computer-related statements about American manufacturing. Most of the wordage is directed at pointing out how neither man really seems to understand the economics of American-made products: “In dedicating themselves to this abstraction, the candidates reveal a weakness,” according to Slate. “It’s not just that they may not know how to make America great again. They have no idea how America is doing in the first place.”
  • Bankers in the Midwestern portion of American have a dire view about how their portion of America is doing. This comes via an AP account of a Creighton University economist and the Rural Mainstreet Index, which fell from 41.5 in December to 34.8 in January.
  • And, if you’re looking for a good numbers story, the Wall Street Journal has a piece describing how China’s economy is in “transition from manufacturing to service.”

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

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