Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853




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Economists up the probability on a "mild depression"

I'm a day late on this story, but if you weren't depressed enough over the economy ... let my friend Peter Goodman of the New York Times take you to an even darker place.

Some economists are now upping the odds of a "mild depression" -- whatever that means -- from 10% probability to a 20% probability.  The net result: economic growth could be forestalled until 2011.  

If that's the case, it would mean that millions of more Americans will face unemployment, and housing and stock prices will continue to plummet.  In the administration's budget, their deficit forecasts are predicated on 3% growth in 2010 and 4% growth in 2011.  If we don't see that type of growth -- and it chances are we won't -- it could blow a hole in the president's plan to cut the deficit in half.  And it could blow a hole in his re-election chances.

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Reader Comments (6)

obama and his team will clean up the mess that was left from the previous administration.

in other related news - michelle obama called the truth to ask for her dress back

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Spending trillions of dollars with nothing to show for it will hardly constitute cleaning up the mess ... this is his economy now.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ragone

trust me. things will work for the best.

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

aren't you the same mitch who predicted that the cubs would win 5 world series in a row, and that the New Kids on the Block reunino tour would be "bigger than jesus"?

February 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ragone

u got me there, brother...clearly, i have zero steet cred

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