"Today’s announcement proves that our economy is roaring back," he crowed, amid uncontrolled virus surges in the three most populous states.
"We have some areas where we’re putting out the flames or the fires, and that’s working out well."
Trump predicted "a fantastic third quarter ... the likes of which nobody has ever seen before, in my opinion," then said the quiet part out loud:
"And the good thing is the numbers will be coming out just prior to the election, so people will be able to see those numbers."
The catch: Axios' Courtenay Brown notes that the labor market was showing more signs of recovery when the survey ended than now because of growing virus case counts that are pushing states to roll back reopenings.
3. Nike pulls gear, FedEx asks for Redskins name change
Photo: Mark Tenally/AP
If you search "Redskins" on Nike.com, you find that all official team gear has been removed, CBS Sports points out.
Nike even stripped Washington from its sidebar list of teams, making it look like the NFL has 31 teams, NBC Sports noticed.
And FedEx, named sponsor of the Redskins' stadium, released a statement that says in full: “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.“
The context, from NFL.com: "FedEx paid $205 million in 1998 to the Redskins for the team's stadium naming rights in a deal that runs through 2025. FedEx founder, chairman and CEO Frederick Smith also is a team minority owner."
Between the lines: Nike and FedEx were two of the companies we told you about yesterday who received letters, signed by 87 investors and shareholders, demanding the brands to cut ties with the Redskins.
The bottom line, from the WashPost's Liz Clarke: "If prominent Redskins sponsors feel sufficient pressure to dissociate from the team, [Dan] Snyder's bottom line would take a significant hit."
Busy beach this week in Manasquan in Monmouth County, N.J. Photo: Wayne Parry/AP
Large crowds are expected at the Jersey Shore for the holiday weekend, AP's Wayne Parry writes from Belmar:
New Jersey's casinos have reopened, along with amusement rides and water parks. Beaches are open, though at reduced occupancy levels. Restaurants can offer limited outdoor dining, and stores and shopping malls have reopened.
5. Biden's holiday ad gives his definition of success
A Joe Biden ad debuting over this holiday weekend, "Taught Me," says his parents taught him "that success means looking at your child, and realizing they turned out better than you."
Why it matters: The ad is part of Biden's effort to leverage his experience as what the campaign calls "a core strength," at a time President Trump is arguing, as he put in Tulsa, that Biden's record "can be summed up as four decades of betrayal, calamity, and failure. He never did anything."
The Biden campaign says the minute-long digital ad is part of a paid-media blitz in battleground states, highlighting Biden's "leadership experience and core values." Two others:
"Proud" depicts Biden as "a proud military father who sent a son to Iraq ... American leadership isn't just about an example of our power, but the power of our example. ... So as long as they're fighting, he is, too."
The ads will run on YouTube, Hulu, and other streaming platforms in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona.
The campaign says: "While our digital ads may have different looks and feels across platforms, they all ladder up to our campaign's central themes that we know resonate with voters, especially right now during times of crisis."
6. 🎧 What we're listening to: America's galloping news deserts
Our morning podcast, "Axios Today," is up with a bonus holiday edition — our first audio Deep Dive.
Host Niala Boodhoo explores the "extinction-level crisis" in local news, with guests who include Sara Fischer and UNC's Penelope Muse Abernathy, the nation's top expert on news deserts, and author of a new report last week.
"Good evening. I'm Hugh Downs. And this is '20/20.'"
A line from my childhood — part of the rhythm and music of news that drew me into this ride of a lifetime.
Hugh Downs — an omnipresent broadcaster whose career on NBC, ABC and PBS spanned more than half a century — died at 99 in Scottsdale, per ABC.
Downs became a friendly and familiar face during his 15,000 hours "on television between the 1950s and 1990s, during which he worked on NBC's 'Today' and 'Tonight' shows, the game show 'Concentration,' '20/20,' PBS' 'Over Easy' and 'Live from Lincoln Center,' as well as on dozens of commercials."