Feb 13, 2017

Trump's unrealistic unemployment standards

President Trump continues to argue that the real number of unemployed Americans is much higher than economists claim. He places the true number of unemployed at 96 million, or every American over the age of sixteen who doesn't have a job, even if he doesn't want one.

Bloomberg reports that Trump's unemployment exaggerations resonate with many of today's unemployed, who are often held back by geography, disability, felon status, or age discrimination. The official unemployment rate might be at an historically low 4.9%, but broader unemployment measures have stayed relatively high, with many Americans being shut out of the labor force altogether.

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What's coming next: Structural forces like the aging of the workforce and the increasing importance of education will likely push this number lower, whatever the policies coming out of Washington.

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What it was like when police used tear gas to clear a path for Trump's walk

President Trump walking back to the White House. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Moments before President Trump began his Rose Garden address, a mass of law enforcement suddenly marched forward in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House.

Why it matters: It was a jarring scene as police in the nation's capital forcefully cleared young men and women gathered legally in a public park on a sunny evening, all of it on live television.

Trump goes full law-and-order

Photo: Tom Brenner/Reuters

President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.

Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.