May 18, 2017

How Google wants to help the modern-day job seeker

Tucked right at the end of Google's flurry of announcements at its annual conference on Wednesday (find them all here) was a timely new initiative: Google for Jobs. In short, this means that Google will turn up job listings through its search engine, and it has partnered with job sites including LinkedIn, Monster.com, Glassdoor, ZipRecruiter, and CareerBuilder to pull from their content.

Modern-day job seeking: It's not hard to see that the new feature is inspired by other recent employment trends, notably the rhetoric of many "on-demand" services like Uber and TaskRabbit. Like them, Google for Jobs wants to make it more efficient for job seekers to pull out their phones (or laptops) and quickly be matched with a job thanks to the Internet.

Bigger picture: Google's initiative is happening at a time where a lot of Americans are worried about the economy and ongoing employment changes created by new technology (the "robots are taking jobs" fear). In a way, Google is attempting to show that tech companies like itself and artificial intelligence, which it's using to help match job listings to seekers, can also be good for humans and their job prospects. Google is also quietly testing another job tool, application tracking system Google Hire, as Axios previously reported.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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The president vs. the Pentagon

Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.