March 8th, 2013
09:45 PM ET

Dow soars, unemployment drops amid the looming impact of spending cuts

Today stocks wrapped up one of the best weeks of the year and new government date show the unemployment rate dropped from 7.9% to 7.7% as the country added 236,000 jobs in February.

Today's report is based on data from last month, and doesn't take into account the $85 billion across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect.

President Obama issued a warning  just a few weeks ago.

"People will lose their jobs. The unemployment rate might tick up again," Obama said.

OutFront tonight: Daniel Altman, economics professor at NYU and Doug Holtz-Eakin, former Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Filed under: Economy • Sequestration
March 8th, 2013
09:31 PM ET

Bin Laden son-in-law in NY court; lawmakers slam civilian trial

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law pleaded not guilty to charges in a New York court today that he conspired to kill Americans as part of the al Qaeda terror network.

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appeared in videos sitting next to bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks and he issued a warning.

"We advise them not to fly in planes or live in high towers. The storm of planes will not stop, there are thousands of young muslims who are desire martyrdom in the path of Allah," Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said.

Not everyone is happy to see this suspect in a New York court.

Outfront tonight: Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and David Frum, former Speechwriter for President George W. Bush.

Filed under: Crime • News
March 8th, 2013
09:22 PM ET

Laura Bush: "Look at ways you can use your own talents" to help others

It's International Women's Day today. Erin Burnett had the opportunity to attend an event in Dallas, Texas Friday that honors and promotes international women like few others.

The Bush Institute was founded by former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura in 2009. Its mission is to advance freedom by expanding opportunities for individuals at home and around the world.

One of the most successful programs offered by the Center is the Women's Initiative. This past year, 14 women took part in leadership training in the U.S. where they worked with American mentors, exchanged ideas and learned new ways to advance their work.

Today 14 women celebrated their graduation from the program, shared their ideas and welcomed 19 other women who are about to begin their own Fellowship.

After the ceremony, Burnett had the chance to spend some time with the former First Lady.

Burnett asked her why it's so important for her to support the lives and initiatives of women around the world.

Tune to Erin Burnett OutFront Monday at 7p ET  for the full interview with former First Lady Laura Bush.

Filed under: Neat Guest
March 8th, 2013
09:08 PM ET

Georgia town looks to make gun ownership mandatory

A town in Georgia is set to vote on an ordinance next month that would make it illegal not to own a gun.

According to the ordinance:

"In order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore."

Now there are exceptions to the law, for instance if you suffer from a mental disability, you've been convicted of a felony or it goes against your religious beliefs.

But will more guns in more homes, really make folks safer?

OutFront Tonight: Radio Talk Show Hosts Stephanie Miller and Mike Slater, and CNN Contributor Reihan Salam.

Filed under: Gun Control
March 8th, 2013
08:49 PM ET

U.S. steps up surveillance on North Korea

CNN is learning that the U.S. has significantly stepped up its surveillance on North Korea. The move is driven by the recent and ominous rhetoric from the country's unpredictable dictator Kim Jong Un.

Our Barbara Starr is OutFront at the Pentagon with the new developments.

Filed under: International • North Korea
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