It was a pretty good week for the Obama administration:

1) The U.S. unemployment rate fell in July for the first time in 15  months as employers cut “only” 247,000 jobs, compared to 467,000 job losses in June. The unemployment rate dropped from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July — not a big change percentage-wise, but still a move in the right direction. Hopefully this is not an aberration, but a sign that the economy is starting to recover from one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression.

2) Former President Bill Clinton’s rescue mission to North Korea was successful in obtaining the release of two jailed American journalists. This is a good thing, no matter what John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, says.

3) Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in Saturday as the first Hispanic and third woman on the U.S. Supreme Court.

4) Just one day after being only one of nine Republicans to vote to confirm Sotomayor as the newest Supreme Court justice, U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida resigned Friday. Martinez previously announced he wouldn’t run for re-election next year, but his early exit drops the current number of Republicans in the U.S. Senate to 39.

5) A top Taliban leader apparently was killed by a CIA missile strike in Pakistan this week. Three days later, his two most likely successors apparently killed each other at a meeting to determine the next commander of the Taliban in Pakistan.

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