May 2, 2019

WaPo's print edition of the Mueller report climbs to top of Best Sellers

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The Washington Post and Scribner's book edition of The Mueller Report, published on April 19, climbed to the top of the New York Times' Best Seller list, debuting at No. 1.

Quick take: The acknowledgement reflects sales for the week of April 22-27. Publishers were quick to distribute the redacted report, even noting it is available for free online. The print copy includes Mueller's most relevant findings, a timeline of events, a list of players wrapped up in the investigation, and Attorney General William Barr’s 4-page letter to Congress sent on March 24. Investigative reporters Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky — both with The Washington Post — produced an introduction based on their extensive coverage of the nearly 2-year special investigation.

What's next: Washington Post reporters are working on an audiobook with publisher Simon & Schuster.

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Humility for forecasters: Jobs shocker is record miss

President Trump speaking in the Rose Garden following the release of the jobs report on May 5, 2020. Photo: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Economists were projecting that May's jobs figures would show a loss of 8 million jobs and an unemployment rate approaching 20% — Great Depression territory.

The state of play: Instead, a record 2.5 million workers were added, and unemployment fell to 13.3% from April's post-World War II high of 14.7%.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 6,772,361 — Total deaths: 395,703 — Total recoveries — 2,772,730Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 1,898,401 — Total deaths: 109,137 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: Fauci: "Very concerned" about spread of coronavirus amid George Floyd protests — Cities offer free coronavirus testing amid protests
  4. Sports: How coronavirus could reshuffle the sports calendar.
  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.

Trump's week of viral quicksand

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Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.