New unemployment numbers released Friday reveal significantly less growth than many economists predicted, leaving the White House to defend its economic recovery plan to a weary nation. On Sunday, ABC News' "This Week" presses for answers as the president's top adviser on the economy, Austan Goolsbee, sits down with "This Week" anchor Christiane Amanpour to discuss the stagnant condition of the financial system and what steps the administration is taking to avoid a double-dip recession.
With weak job and housing numbers and a looming congressional stalemate over the debt limit, Goolsbee may explain whether we will soon see improvements or if there could be more trouble ahead.
Plus, 2008 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Paul Krugman of The New York Times, chief economis of the Chamber of Commerce Martin Regalia and Chrystia Freeland of Thomson Reuters join Amanpour for a roundtable discussion on ways to move the economy forward. What are the political implications of slow economic growth in the 2012 race for the White House? How can the Obama administration accelerate the rate of recovery?
Then, Mitt Romney has officially kicked off his 2012 presidential campaign as potential rival Sarah Palin crashed Romney's New Hampshire party. The "This Week" roundtable takes on all the week's politics with Republican political adviser Mark McKinnon, ABC News' senior political correspondent, Jonathan Karl, former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers and the Republican presidential candidate rising in the polls, Herman Cain.
Plus, former presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted on charges stemming from his alleged violation of campaign finance laws to cover up his extramarital affair. It's a busy week of politics for this powerhouse roundtable to sort through.
And protests reignited in Syria this week as footage of a 13-year-old boy brutally beaten and killed by his Syrian captors surfaced. As the Syrian government further restricts civic freedoms, will the Arab nation hear the cries of its citizens? Marwan Muasher, the former Foreign Minister of Jordan, comes to "This Week" to discuss the unrest in the Middle East.