Jul 28, 2017

Priebus claims he resigned yesterday before Trump tweet

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Trump announced Friday afternoon on Twitter that he was replacing Reince Priebus with John Kelly, who has been serving as Trump's Homeland Security Secretary. But Priebus told CNN's Wolf Blitzer this evening that "ultimately, I resigned yesterday," he denied Trump asked him to resign and said Trump involved him deciding who to pick as a replacement.

  • He wouldn't answer questions about whether he's the WH leaker.
  • His bottom line: He's "on team Trump." He stressed several times that he thinks bringing in a fresh face is a good thing for the White House and that he still wants to help Trump achieve his agenda for the American people. He also praised Steve Brannon's role in the White House.
  • His biggest letdown: Not getting healthcare passed. "Obviously the Republicans have to try harder."

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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3% in May

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, with 2.5 million jobs gained, the government said on Friday.

Why it matters: The far better-than-expected numbers show a surprising improvement in the job market, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The difficulty of calculating the real unemployment rate

Data: U.S. Department of Labor; Note: Initial traditional state claims from the weeks of May 23 and 30, continuing traditional claims from May 23. Initial PUA claims from May 16, 23, and 30, continuing PUA and other programs from May 16; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The shocking May jobs report — with a decline in the unemployment rate to 13.3% and more than 2 million jobs added — destroyed expectations of a much worse economic picture.

Why it matters: Traditional economic reports have failed to keep up with the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic and have made it nearly impossible for researchers to determine the state of the U.S. labor market or the economy.

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How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The NBA's Board of Governors approved Thursday the league's 22-team plan to resume play at Walt Disney World — a plan that also includes tentative dates for both this season and next.

Why it matters: The league's proposed trip to Disney World not only impacts this season but could have a domino effect that impacts seasons in the future — and could permanently change what time of year the NBA plays its games.