Employers added 225,000 jobs last month, which will certainly benefit President Trump’s re-election bid.
The latest jobs report is out
Employers added 225,000 jobs in January, surpassing the forecast of about 164,000. “Not only is there demand for labor, there’s supply to fill that demand, and that’s a very positive narrative,” one economist told the New York Times. Additionally, the unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 percent from December to 3.6 percent, while wage growth remains disappointing. Overall, it’s a jobs report President Trump is certain to rave about.
Justice Department opens civil rights investigation into four deadly Mississippi prisons
The department’s Civil Rights Division will determine whether state corrections department “adequately protects” inmates. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the prisons have rates of violence comparable to prisons in Brazil and Honduras. State officials have known for years about the deteriorating conditions and have repeatedly turned down requests for money to improve the severely understaffed prisons. In 2014, the state had 1,591 correctional officers but that number had diminished to 732 by the end of December. January saw deadly riots that led to prolonged lockdowns and a wave of at least 15 inmate deaths.
Warren’s Nevada staff loses women of color
Six women of color staffers have departed Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Nevada campaign since November, with half of them citing a non-progressive culture within the organization. “I was there to literally bring color into the space but not the knowledge and voice that comes with it,” one said under condition of anonymity. Non-inclusive issues included difficulties setting up Spanish language events and obtaining Spanish-language materials in the heavily Latino state ahead of its Feb. 22 caucuses. This comes as Democratic campaign leadership is seeing a shift nationwide, with record numbers of people of color and white women becoming organizers and campaign managers.
Plans finalized to develop land once established as national monuments in Utah
The Trump administration has finalized plans to allow drilling, mining, and grazing in parts of southern Utah that had once been nationally protected, the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments. The plans, which were released Thursday by the federal Bureau of Land Management, will let energy developers take advantage of the oil, gas and coal that’s plentiful in that area (roughly 2 million acres), and give ranchers the opportunity to take advantage of grazing land. “These plans are atrocious, and entirely predictable,” Sharon Buccino, senior director of lands at the Natural Resources Defense Council, said after the plans’ release. “They are the latest in a series of insults to these magnificent lands by the Trump administration that began when Trump illegally dismantled Bears Ears and Grand Staircase at the behest of corporate interests two years ago.”