The private sector added 195,000 jobs in August, surpassing economists' expectations of 140,000 jobs, according to a report released Thursday by ADP and Moody's Analytics.

Why it matters: The labor market — largely viewed as the steadiest part of the economy — appears to remain intact. The ADP report, which doesn't include government jobs, is viewed as as a tee-up of what's to come from the official jobs release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

  • What they're saying: "Businesses are holding firm on their payrolls despite the slowing economy. Hiring has moderated, but layoffs remain low. As long as this continues recession will remain at bay," Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said in a release.

Go deeper: The results from last month's jobs report

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Supreme Court blocks Alabama curbside voting measure

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday evening blocked a lower court order that would have allowed voters to cast ballots curbside at polling places on Election Day.

Of note: The court voted 5-3 against the measure, with liberal justices dissenting.

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Politics: Senate Democrats block vote on McConnell's targeted COVID relief bill McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election.
  2. Economy: Why the stimulus delay isn't a crisis (yet).
  3. Health: New York reports most COVID cases since MayStudies show drop in coronavirus death rate — The next wave is gaining steam.
  4. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — San Francisco public schools likely won't reopen before the end of the year.
  5. World: Spain becomes first nation in Western Europe to exceed 1 million cases.

U.S. officials: Iran and Russia aim to interfere in election

Iran and Russia have obtained voter registration information that can be used to undermine confidence in the U.S. election system, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced at a press conference Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The revelation comes roughly two weeks before Election Day. Ratcliffe said Iran has sent threatening emails to Democratic voters this week in states across the U.S. and spread videos claiming that people can vote more than once.