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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, May 4.


    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

    Household Survey Data

    In April, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, following 6 months at 4.1
    percent. The number of unemployed persons, at 6.3 million, also edged down over the
    month. (See table A-1.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for adult women decreased to
    3.5 percent in April. The jobless rates for adult men (3.7 percent), teenagers
    (12.9 percent), Whites (3.6 percent), Blacks (6.6 percent), Asians (2.8 percent),
    and Hispanics (4.8 percent) showed little or no change over the month. (See
    tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs declined by 188,000 in April to 3.0 million. (See table A-11.)

    The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little
    changed at 1.3 million in April and accounted for 20.0 percent of the unemployed.
    Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed was down by 340,000. (See
    table A-12.)

    Both the labor force participation rate, at 62.8 percent, and the employment-
    population ratio, at 60.3 percent, changed little in April. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred
    to as involuntary part-time workers) was essentially unchanged at 5.0 million in
    April. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were
    working part time because their hours had been reduced or because they were unable
    to find full-time jobs. (See table A-8.)

    In April, 1.4 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down
    by 172,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These
    individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and
    had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as
    unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the
    survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 408,000 discouraged workers in April,
    little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.)
    Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they
    believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.0 million persons
    marginally attached to the labor force in April had not searched for work for
    reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data

    Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, compared with an
    average monthly gain of 191,000 over the prior 12 months. In April, job gains
    occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care, and
    mining. (See table B-1.)

    In April, employment in professional and business services increased by 54,000. Over
    the past 12 months, the industry has added 518,000 jobs.

    Employment in manufacturing increased by 24,000 in April. Most of the gain was in
    the durable goods component, with machinery adding 8,000 jobs and employment in
    fabricated metal products continuing to trend up (+4,000). Manufacturing employment
    has risen by 245,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable
    goods industries.

    Health care added 24,000 jobs in April and 305,000 jobs over the year. In April,
    employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+8,000).

    In April, employment in mining increased by 8,000, with most of the gain occurring
    in support activities for mining (+7,000). Since a recent low in October 2016,
    employment in mining has risen by 86,000.

    Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including
    construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing,
    information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.5 hours in April. In manufacturing, the workweek increased by 0.2 hour to 41.1
    hours, while overtime edged up by 0.1 hour to 3.7 hours. The average workweek for
    production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by
    0.1 hour to 33.8 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

    In April, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls
    rose by 4 cents to $26.84. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by
    67 cents, or 2.6 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and
    nonsupervisory employees increased by 5 cents to $22.51 in April. (See tables B-3
    and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised down from
    +326,000 to +324,000, and the change for March was revised up from +103,000 to
    +135,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 30,000 more than previously reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional
    reports received from businesses and government agencies since the last published
    estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors.) After revisions, job
    gains have averaged 208,000 over the last 3 months.

    The Employment Situation for May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

  • RobertColgan

    Interesting that lawyer Ghouliani never heard anything about some “Fifth Amendment”…….which is the only other possible defense Trump had —but no longer has, Thanks, Rudi !——- re questioning on his lies about the Stormy Daniels sex payola, etc.
    These intellectual clowns give added meaning to “asylum seekers.”

    • CliosFanBoyNeeWoodrowfan

      credit where credit is due. Rudy said several whole sentences without mentioning 9/11.

  • I’m strongly supporting Edwin Santana for the VA-01 Dem nomination, but I received the following so for the record…

    Cori Johnson Endorses Vangie Williams for VA-01

    MAY 3, 2018 – Today, Cori Johnson, the first Democrat to run for the Virginia House of Delegates 97th District in 10 years, endorsed Vangie Williams’ bid for the 2018 Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District. Johnson’s endorsement adds to the growing list of community leaders and elected officials within the 1st District supporting Vangie’s run for the U.S House of Representatives.

    “Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to get to know all three candidates and listen to their approaches and philosophies regarding the job of representative,” said Johnson. “It is abundantly clear to me that Vangie Williams stands head and shoulders above the rest. To nominate anyone else would be to pass up a unique blessing; and my silence would be a disservice to those I seek to serve.”

    Johnson noted her decision was also inspired by Williams’ professional experience in successfully managing projects for federal bureaucracies, which has also prepared her for the infinite issues a congressperson will face in Washington.

    “Vangie has a clear plan for each of the issues she discusses and has a talent for connecting with people who would otherwise consider themselves at odds with all democrats,” said Johnson. “We need a leader who is willing to look beyond Democratic talking points to achieve the outcomes that Democrats have been promising for years.”

    The 97th district – which is made up of King William and New Kent counties, and part of Hanover – are all part of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District which Johnson notably campaigned to represent after a decade of unchallenged Republican leadership. Her campaign’s dedication to promoting campaign transparency, women’s rights and improved access to health care demonstrates the strong presence of Democrats in the district.

    “Cori Johnson’s support is crucial as I seek to represent the people of my district and bring legislation to Washington that directly reflects their needs,” said Williams. “It’s of the utmost importance we put people first so our communities receive the resources necessary to live prosperously.”

    “When I am elected, I will work closely with local community activists, city and county officials, and our elected state representatives to ensure that all Virginians have a fair shot at the American Dream,” said Williams.

    Vangie Williams is a public servant and strategic planner that solves problems for our federal government. A real-world professional with 30 years of experience, Vangie is not a career politician that will put corporate interests above people. She is committed to an economy for everyone, healthy families and investing in our communities. Learn more about her vision to put people first at www.vangieforcongress.com.

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    Endorsement for Virginia’s 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary – Originally, I wasn’t going to make an endorsement in the congressional primary. I saw echoes of division from last year’s gubernatorial primary and didn’t want to inadvertently exacerbate the strong feelings that have arisen in our district over who should challenge Rob Wittman in the general election. When I stepped out to run in 2017 I was embraced and supported by the democrats of the 97th house district, and I cherish and respect the trust that was placed in me as a candidate. I owe it to my supporters, and the nearly 10,000 constituents who voted for me in 2017, to consider carefully the peripheral impact of my public words.

    Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to get to know all three candidates and listen to their approaches and philosophies regarding the job of representative. It is abundantly clear to me that Vangie Williams stands head and shoulders above the rest. To nominate anyone else would be to pass up a unique blessing; and my silence would be a disservice to those I seek to serve.

    All three candidates agree on the big important issues, and the way each of them speak on those common issues didn’t necessarily factor into my decision. I’m not impressed by passion or slogans. A primary should be much more nuanced and must go deeper than our shared outrage.

    Vangie has decades of experience as a strategic planner and project manager for the federal government. That means that she is an expert in the processes necessary to make things happen. You may have heard that she has done strategic planning for NASA. No, she’s not a rocket scientist. Even more impressive, she knows how to utilize a team of experts to accomplish what none of them could achieve singularly. I have never seen Vangie appear threatened by people who have more knowledge than she does on a particular topic, and she welcomes input.

    I have some formal training in strategic planning and project management. It is the art and science of collaboration, and there is no room for personal ego if you want to be effective. It’s not about knowing the best way to do a thing, it’s about leading a team to do a thing in the best way possible- on any subject matter. It is its own field of study, and though the other two candidates have started claiming it in their skillsets, I can tell you their experiences are not the same as Vangie’s.

    Vangie has successfully waded through federal bureaucracies that most of us can’t imagine. Her professional experience has prepared her for the infinite variety of issues that a congressperson will face in Washington- even the less sexy, noncontroversial issues for which passion and outrage are completely useless.

    True to form, Vangie has a clear plan for each of the issues she discusses, and she is realistic about the incremental changes that will need to occur to reach the big picture. Though I fancy myself an idealist, this approach impresses me much more than grandiose promises.

    Now let’s address the elephant in the room (no, I don’t mean a republican). Vangie is a black woman. Yes, she would be the first black woman to represent Virginia in congress. I see the appeal of equity in representation, but to focus on this would miss the bigger picture. I know what it’s like to have your physical differences constantly threaten to overshadow your qualifications; and while Vangie’s identity is absolutely an asset to her campaign she is sure to be judged harshly for saying so.

    Over the years, whenever I have discussed issues of equity and representation someone will invariably say, “Well the job should just go to whoever is most qualified regardless of their race or gender.” In the 1st Congressional District race, the most qualified person to represent us in congress – and I include Rob Wittman in that assessment – is also a woman of color. This gives us the chance to challenge preconceived notions of equity and implicit bias on a national scale.

    So, to those who will assume that her race and gender influenced my endorsement I say this: I am supporting the best candidate for the job, and I do not apologize for being excited that I get to support a strong black woman whose candidacy will break down barriers for us all.

    Now to talk about the other elephant in the room. Yes, I mean the republican elephant this time. It is possible to be unapologetic about your progressive values without exacerbating the vicious polarization in our country. Bernie is as left-wing as they come, and republicans loved him. Vangie has a talent for connecting with people who would otherwise consider themselves at odds with all democrats, yet I have never heard her stray from her core values of inclusion and prioritizing the wellbeing of common people over corporations. Those conversations will be critical if we ever hope to flip this red district. By contrast, I have heard one of the other candidates open a political speech by listing all the ways that republicans are inferior, using words like “us” and “them.”

    Vangie is not afraid to discuss the shortcomings of the affordable care act, though she’s not crazy enough to suggest we should just throw it out entirely. Like the other candidates, she wants all people in our district to have access to healthcare, but unlike the other candidates she is willing to be creative to make it happen. If we ever hope to move forward as a party, or indeed a country, we need to be willing to take hard looks in the mirror and have uncomfortable conversations. We need a leader who is willing to look beyond democratic talking points to achieve the outcomes that democrats have been promising for years.

    This is why the slogan “common sense for the common good” is very appropriate for her campaign.

    Let’s be honest, making an endorsement is politically risky for me. My fellow HOD candidates and I have to be careful not to burn bridges. Not to mention, the impending social awkwardness when we support the winner if it isn’t who we picked- and I will absolutely support the campaign of whoever wins the primary. But when I do my internal gut-check, I know that the politically safe thing to do and the right thing to do are not always the same thing, and I will sleep soundly at night knowing that if my constituents miss the opportunity to have Vangie as their congressional candidate, it will not be because I stayed silent.

  • Southern Liberal

    Sorry, Samantha Bee, but this liberal still doesn’t find Ms. Wolf’s jokes about SW airlines exploding engines and abortion to be funny.

    • Pragmatic Progressive

      Something I’ve noticed lately is that romantic comedies have become raunchy, using crude “humor”. I prefer those to be more like Sleepless In Seattle.

    • RobertColgan

      I thought Wolf’s comments brilliantly sarcastic.
      A fresh breath of hard-hitting comedy——– in a complacent and acquiescent capitol town which has been ruled for the last year by a group of Hairbrained clowns intent on ridiculing-before-dismantling virtually every safeguard for the public that has been put in place the last 50 years.
      Trillion and a half tax cut for the wealthiest ——— see any humor in that??

      • Rational Lefty

        Some things were spot on, such as attacking the media, attacking Trumpty Dumbty. But things like abortion and the plane engine were rather crass.

      • Rustbelt Democrat

        For any Democrat/liberal/progressive/left-winger who didn’t like her, I think it boils down to how you like your humor to be. Tastes in humor are always individual.

      • Pragmatic Progressive

        We weren’t familiar with A Handmaid’s Tale, so our 8-year-old daughter Googled to find a picture of what Aunt Lydia looks like. The character is an ugly-looking, heavy-set woman. That’s why most people across the left-right spectrum interpreted the comparison as being about looks and got angered about it.

        • Rational Lefty

          Precisely! She meant one thing but people not familiar with the show or the character interpreted her differently.

      • Pragmatic Progressive

        Another problem is that some of her jokes didn’t make any sense and she had to wind up explaining them. The Kellyanne Conway tree joke is one that she had to explain. A good comedian shouldn’t have to explain what their joke meant. Maybe this Netflix show will help her improve her skills.

  • 32BJ SEIU on DHS Decision to Cancel TPS for Honduras

    Vienna, VA – 32BJ SEIU represents 18,000 property service workers in the D.C. area who are overwhelmingly immigrants from Central and South America. The following statement is attributable to Jaime Contreras, Vice President of 32BJ SEIU and a naturalized U.S. citizen from El Salvador:

    “The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate TPS for 60,000 people from Honduras, including 2,000 in Virginia who have been living in the U.S. is a cruel and completely unnecessary attempt to destroy the lives of immigrants and their American children. This decision is a clear result of deep-seated anti-immigrant sentiment and clearly did not come from a sound evaluation of the conditions faced by Hondurans abroad. DHS has ignored that Honduras continues to face dangerous conditions following the country’s 2017 presidential election and thousands of Honduran immigrants are currently appealing to the U.S for asylum from this danger. It is not only wrong to force Honduran TPS holders out of the United States under these conditions, it is especially inhuman and goes against our American values.

    “These are members of our communities that make substantial contributions to our economy. It is more important than ever that Congress provide a more permanent solution for Honduras TPS holders, and TPS holders from the many countries who have seen their protected status canceled by the Trump administration, by passing one of the many TPS bills that have already been introduced this year.”

    With 163,000 members in 11 states, 32BJ SEIU is the largest property service workers union in the country. 32BJ members hail from 64 different countries and speak 28 different languages, reflecting the immigrant experience of tens of millions of Americans.

    • RobertColgan

      Strong historic ancestry in the American psyche to fear of others, fear of immigrants. Nothing new about Trump and followers: Know Nothings redux.
      (except today the knownothing has as much to do with denial of science, facts, data, intelligence, and learning as it does denial of reason for being)

      “The Native American Party, renamed the American Party in 1855 and commonly known as THE KNOW NOTHING MOVEMENT, was an American nativist political party that operated nationally in the mid-1850s. It was primarily anti-Catholic, xenophobic and hostile to immigration, starting originally as a secret society. The movement briefly emerged as a major political party in the form of the American Party. Adherents to the movement were to reply “I know nothing” when asked about its specifics by outsiders, thus providing the group with its common name.

      The Know Nothings believed a “Romanist” conspiracy was afoot to subvert civil and religious liberty in the United States and sought to politically organize native-born Protestants in the defense of traditional religious and political values.”