Surprise! Job creation rebounds in January as economy adds 225K

The workforce added almost 200,000 re-entrants from the ranks of the disaffected, finally returning to seek work in a boom economy … The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the US economy added 225,000 jobs in January, far above analysts' estimates of 158,000, but the internals might tell an even better story. … This caps off quite a week for the White House, which just saw its best polling numbers thus far largely driven by economic satisfaction…

The proposed Taliban ceasefire is nothing to crow about

While voicing some deserved skepticism, Taylor generally regarded these developments as a positive sign and a credit to President Trump for being willing to start heading for the exit in America's longest war. … This likely came as a surprise to at least some observers who felt that the efforts at talks had essentially bogged down and recent attacks showed that we didn't have an honest broker on the other side of the table anyway. … Last night, Taylor discussed the breaking news over the weekend that an official ceasefire with the Taliban in Afghanistan may be imminent…

New Pentagon Papers? IG probe conclusions show Afghan war futility — and lies

After fighting for three years to get its hands on a confidential report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) called "Lessons Learned," the Washington Post published its findings this morning. … Give that money to any rando on the street, and bet on him or her spending it with better effect than the US has in Afghanistan over the past 18 years. … What could you buy with a trillion dollars?…

A tight Christmas: US adds only 145,000 jobs in December

Wage growth dropped off a bit as well, although the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.5% … The number of jobs added in December dropped by over one hundred thousand to 145,000, according to today's jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. … So much for the Thanksgiving goose to job-creation numbers…

The darkest anniversary

I was just reflecting this morning on the fact that next year will be the first presidential election where some of the voters entering their polling places weren't even born when Muslim extremists from al Qaeda took the lives of more than 3,000 Americans and brought the economic capital of the world to its knees. … But enough time has passed that perceptions of that dark day seem to be shifting, particularly among the young. … It's been 18 years since the day of the attacks and most of us who were old enough at the time to register what was happening still carry the memories with us…

Pre-midterm generic ballot starting to look a little toilet-y

(Fine, the seventh was in early June.) I wrote about Trump's improving numbers too. … Before I get accused of eeyorism, let me remind you that back in May, when the GOP suddenly closed the gap with Dems, I wrote -- let's see, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven posts about it. … Not the best adjective, perhaps, but an appropriate one…

“We had just lost 3,000 people”: Bloomberg defends post-9/11 surveillance of Muslims

Woodruff argues that no arrests ever came from the program, which got halted in a 2014 legal settlement, to which Bloomberg declares, "Good," and also argues that his mayoral administration was "super careful to always obey the law." … In the years after 9/11, Bloomberg ordered the surveillance of Islamic mosques in New York City and shared the intel it generated with federal and local authorities in the region. … "Of course we're supposed to do that," Michael Bloomberg tells PBS Newshour host Judy Woodruff, but it's an open guess how many Democrats will agree…

House Dems: Who’s up for a “commission” to probe Trump’s coronavirus response?

Rather than focus on the crisis at hand, however, Democrats in Congress want to kick-start an investigation into Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. … Nor will it be tomorrow, or next month, for that matter. … To paraphrase Lord of the Rings, a day will come when we can conduct a fair and impartial look at our pandemic preparation, but ... today is not that day…

Omar: Yes people died on 9/11, but here’s how it was all about me

After the son of a 9/11 victim called Omar out for her dismissal of the deaths of Americans at a memorial service this week, CBS' Margaret Brennan asked Omar on Face the Nation yesterday to explain if she'd learned anything from the criticism. … " When Ilhan Omar made her original remark in April, she waved off the murder of 3,000 Americans to claim that the true victims of 9/11 were the Muslims who faced discrimination afterward. … Maybe she should have stopped at "some people did something…

“Say goodbye!”: Judge Jeanine’s appearance on “The View” goes as well as expected; Update: “Get the f*** out”

A left-winger asked me not long ago on Twitter why righties care at all about "The View," which I thought was a decent question. … To cleanse the palate, here's Whoopi explaining that she resented Pirro falsely accusing her of being hysterical, which is why she felt obliged to ... cut off her mic and end the segment in a huff. … "I know a con when I see it," says POTUS's second-biggest media fan at the top of the clip, eliciting actual laughter from the audience…

NYC council member: Prepare for the mass graves, New Yorkers; Update: “Contingency”?

NYC council member and the chair of its health committee warned New Yorkers in a tweetstorm earlier this morning that the city will need to resort to mass graves to deal with the dead -- in one of its parks, in fact. … Evidence of progress has emerged in New York City's fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn't mean that the consequences of it will magically vanish. … Call this a grim exercise in setting expectations…

Yale psychiatrist to Pelosi: A “mental health hold” on Trump is inevitable

She finds a willing audience among Democrats and anti-Trumpers. … Lee began warning anyone who would listen about the danger she believes President Trump presents to the country even before he was elected. … It is nothing new for Bandy X. Lee to sound the alarm about her opinion that President Trump is mentally ill…

Trump posts video of Rep. Omar’s dismissive reference to 9/11 (Update: Rep. Crenshaw’s take)

Ilhan Omar's dismissive comments about 9/11 by posting a video clip showing her comments at a CAIR gathering in Los Angeles last month interspersed with video of the attack on the Twin Towers. … Friday afternoon, President Trump joined in the criticism of Rep. … Well, I guess this story isn't going to be over today after all…