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Amazon announced on Wednesday 50,000 open positions across its nationwide fulfillment network, and that it is opening up 10 of its fulfillment centers on August 2 for a "jobs day," where prospective workers can participate in information sessions and tours of the facilities. The firm plans "to make thousands of on-the-spot job offers" to candidates who apply in person at fulfillment centers participating in the jobs fair, like those in Baltimore, Maryland; Hebron, Kentucky; and Kent, Washington.

Why it matters: Six months ago, when Amazon pledged to hire 100,000 workers for full-time positions, it was positioning itself to succeed in hiring the best workers in an increasingly tight labor market. The decision has proved prescient, as since that time the unemployment rate has fallen from 4.8% to 4.4%, while the number of American workers who have part-time jobs but want full time work has fallen 10%.

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Supreme Court won't block Rhode Island's eased absentee voting rules

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The Supreme Court said Thursday that it will not block Rhode Island's move to ease its requirements for absentee voting during November's election.

Why it matters: The decision is a loss for Republicans, who had requested an emergency order as the state is expected to begin mailing out its ballots.

Breaking down Uber and Lyft's threat to suspend services in California

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Uber and Lyft are ratcheting up the fight with California’s state government over the classification of drivers with a move that would deprive Californians of their ride-hailing services (and halt driver income).

Driving the news: On Wednesday, both companies said that if a court doesn’t overturn or further pause a new ruling forcing them to reclassify California drivers as employees, they’ll suspend their services in the state until November’s election, when voters could potentially exempt them by passing a ballot measure.

Trump announces normalization of ties between Israel and UAE

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President Trump announced a "historic" deal Thursday which will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank.

Why it matters: This is a major breakthrough for Israel, which lacks diplomatic recognition in many Middle Eastern countries but has been steadily improving relations in the Gulf, largely due to mutual antipathy toward Iran.