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Hiring by U.S. private employers slowed in June, according to data released Thursday by ADP. The report showed 158,000 new positions created, compared to 230,000 new positions created in May. Professional and business services led the way, with 69,000 new jobs created.

ADP Research Institute

Why it matters to the White House: The numbers fell short of expectations, particularly in Trump-promoted sectors like manufacturing (only up 6,000) and natural resources/mining (down 2,000).

Why it doesn't matter to the White House: ADP reports generally get forgotten 24 hours later, when monthly jobs data is released by the U.S. Department of Labor. That has been particularly true in 2017, when the two reports have experienced unusually wide divergences -- with ADP generally coming in much higher than does that official government figure. Just take a look at the last three months of ADP figures vs. the Department of Labor's initial Bureau of Labor Statistics figures:

  • May ADP: +253,000
  • May BLS: +138,000
  • April ADP: +177,000
  • April BLS: +211,000
  • March ADP: +263,000
  • March BLS: +98,000

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Instagram's boss faces Congress' questions on harm to teens

Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED

The head of Instagram will find himself in Congress' crosshairs for the first time Wednesday in the one area lawmakers have shown they are willing to pass tech regulations — protecting youngsters online.

Why it matters: Republicans and Democrats have found common ground in grilling tech companies on how their products harm children, especially after revelations in The Wall Street Journal about Instagram's potential harm to the mental health of teen girls.

Jan. 6 committee to start contempt proceedings against Meadows

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The Jan. 6 select committee plans to move forward with contempt proceedings against former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for his refusal to comply with the panel's subpoena.

Why it matters: The committee has used the threat of contempt — and the associated financial and reputational costs — to try to ensure evasive witnesses sit for their depositions.

Complaint to FTC: Amazon search results full of potentially deceiving ads

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Amazon does not sufficiently distinguish between its search results and paid ads, potentially "deceiving millions of consumers," according to a complaint filed to the Federal Trade Commission.

Why it matters: Joan Moriarty, research director for the Strategic Organizing Center, a coalition of labor unions that filed the complaint, told the Washington Post the group is "very hopeful" that the FTC will investigate the complaint because Lina Khan (D), a known Amazon critic, is now chair.