The June jobs report posts slightly better results than economist’s expected. According to early reports Friday, the market added 224,000 jobs this past month, 60,000 more than were originally predicted. Unemployment ticked slightly higher to 3.7%. Wage growth also held steady at 3.1%.
President Trump and the first lady take a moment to send their best wishes to Americans celebrating the Fourth of July. In a statement Thursday, the president reflects on the significance of the “declaration of independence” on its 243rd anniversary.
Russian president Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to restart arms control discussions with the U.S. In an interview published Thursday, Putin said he has seen signs Washington is considering resuming bilateral dialogue, on a “wide-ranging strategic agenda.” This comes on the heels of Russia’s formal withdrawal Wednesday from the 1987 INF treaty, following the Trump administration withdrawal in February.
Mexico deploys more troops in its latest efforts to curb the influx of Central American immigrants arriving at its own southern border. The Mexican government doubled down Wednesday night, as more National Guard members were deployed to support immigration enforcement.
The Trump administration delays a health care rule protecting religious liberty, to fight a lawsuit brought forth by Democrats. On Saturday, The Department of Health and Human Services stated the “conscience protection” rule will be postponed. The legislation would allow health care officials to refuse to perform procedures that go against their beliefs. But various Democrat coalitions allege the act promotes discrimination to patients.
President Trump is weighing in on the analysis of the Democratic National Debate, contesting an assertion that Senator Kamala Harris was the big winner. During a press conference Saturday, the president critiqued comments that Harris won the debate’s second night. The senator has received a lot of positive feedback for her attack on opponent Joe Biden, and claims he was in favor of legislation to end voluntary busing in the 1970s. The president was quick to note he thought Harris’ speech was rehearsed.
Amid mounting concern over Iran, the Pentagon says it is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.