1. Apparently no "large state" was completely omitted from last week's figures for initial unemployment claims, but the figures from one such state were incomplete, that is, 15,000–25,000 short:
Whether the omission was deliberate remains to be seen.
2. Obama actually believes that there are 60 states. As he said in May 2008, "I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. . . .Alaska and Hawaii I was not allowed to go to event though I really wanted to visit but my staff would not justify it."