June 18, 2015

Fox News Alone Covers Hillary’s High-Level Private-Server Libya Emails

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as seen in this March 10 Associated Press report, has claimed for several months that “No Classified Material (was) Sent via Her Personal Emails” from a home-based server she said “would remain private.”

That claim, like so many other representations Mrs. Clinton has made, fell apart earlier this week, when, as Fox News reported, it was learned that Mrs. Clinton “used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi.” Only Fox considers this a story. Apparently, the fact that icky Fox has reported it means that no one else in the establishment wants to. Video and the Fox story follow the jump.

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About All of That Money and Spending Power Supposedly Pouring Into the Economy …

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:53 am

… where’s the evidence? Certainly not here:

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The $10.53 real average hourly earnings seen above is the lowest reported figure this year.

Initial Unemployment Claims (061815): 267K SA; Raw Claims (258K) 14 Percent Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:57 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 267,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 279,000. The 4-week moving average was 276,750, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 278,750.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 258,119 in the week ending June 13, a decrease of 17,500 (or -6.3 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 5,864 (or -2.1 percent) from the previous week. There were 301,195 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

Seasonal adjustment factors (96.6 this year, 96.2 for same week last year) were virtually identical.

Overall, it’s a strong result.

It seems like a good time remind everyone that covered employment, the number of people eligible for unemployment benefits if they are laid off or let go, which peaked at 133.902 million in late 2008, is still only barely above that level, at 134.074 million, even though seasonally adjusted employment is 3.3 million higher now than it was at its previous pre-recession peak:

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Why? More workers are part-time and not covered.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061815)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Pope Francis — Judges should protect human dignity, not violate it

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 13, 2015 / 10:00 am

On Saturday, Pope Francis spoke to members of an Italian judiciary council about their responsibility to protect man’s dignity, and said a culture rooted in Christian values is necessary for keeping crimes and corruption at bay.

“Globalization itself,” the pontiff said, “carries with it aspects of possible confusion and disorientation, such as when it becomes a vehicle for introducing customs, ideas, even standards, foreign to a social fabric with consequential deterioration of cultural roots.”

In light of this “profound shock” to cultural roots, he added it is important for public authorities and those in the judiciary field to use their office to “give stability and resistance to the foundations of human society through the recovery of fundamental values.”

The Pope said the true foundation for these values is found in Christianity: “the love of God, which is inseparable from the love of neighbor.”

Such a foundation, he said, can serve to block the spread of criminal activity and the “plague of corruption,” which are also present in developed democracies. …

Go here for the rest of the story.