Friday Top News Executive Summary
September jobs report, IRS whistleblower, China invite, insurance costs, and more.
Above the Fold
JOBS REPORT: September unemployment rate falls to 3.5%, a 50-year low, as payrolls rise by 136,000 (CNBC)
IRS WHISTLEBLOWER: The Washington Post claims, “An Internal Revenue Service official has filed a whistleblower complaint reporting that he was told that at least one Treasury Department political appointee attempted to improperly interfere with the annual audit of the president’s or vice president’s tax returns.”
Government & Politics
CHINA INVITE: Yesterday, President Trump proffered, “China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”
MCCARTHY COUNTERATTACKS: “Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) on Thursday called for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to halt the House’s impeachment inquiry into President Trump ‘until transparent and equitable rules and procedures are established to govern the inquiry, as is customary,’” National Review reports, while Trump is issuing his own floor-vote dare.
SAN FRAN ADMONISHED: “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday sent a notice that San Francisco is violating the federal Clean Water Act.” (NBC Los Angeles)
Business, Economy, & Technology
THANKS, OBAMA: Survey: Family health insurance now averages more than $20,000 a year (The Federalist)
NARRATIVE BUSTER: North Carolina energy company finds solar power actually increases pollution (The Federalist)
VEGAS SETTLEMENT: Las Vegas massacre shooting victims, family members to get up to $800 million to settle lawsuits (Fox News)
FACEBOOK LEGAL BLOW: “Facebook on Wednesday was dealt a major blow in the EU’s top court, which ruled that national courts in Europe can order online platforms to remove defamatory content worldwide.” (Agence France-Presse)
MIGRANT TSUNAMI: More than 500,000 Central Americans illegally enter Mexico in first half of 2019 on their way to the U.S. (The Daily Caller)
FRANCE JIHAD: Paris knife attacker who killed four law-enforcement colleagues converted to Islam 18 months ago (National Review)
POLICY: The little-known reform that could improve states’ fiscal health (E21)
POLICY: Why there’s no better system than the Electoral College (Foundation for Economic Education)
HUMOR: Media warns excessive forgiveness could set back outrage narrative hundreds of years (The Babylon Bee)
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