I didn't post yesterday, but here are some items (the first three from The Wall Street Journal) that I hope will make up for it.
First, this opinion piece was in yesterday's edition of The Wall Street Journal (free content at this writing). Princeton economist and former Federal Reserve Vice-chairman Alan Blinder makes an interesting case for an improving economy. He does say that he's purposely looking for a rosy scenario, and reasons for concern remain. The outlook is plausible and worth dissecting with your classes. I think this could be used to help students analyze positive vs. normative economics in analysis.
What do you think? Too rosy? Possible but not probable? Or possible enough to keep looking for further hints?