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August Jobs Growth Tops Expectations, Unemployment Holds Near 18-Year Low

-Fox Business

“The U.S. jobs market is humming along, with hiring picking up in August and paychecks growing [while] the unemployment rate held steady,” Leia Klingel reports. “Payrolls increased by 201,000 in August and the unemployment rate stayed at 3.9 percent.”

Bar Association Lauds Kavanaugh: 'What We Saw Was an Allegiance to the Law'

-The Washington Times

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is not only qualified to sit on the Supreme Court but is at the ‘top of the stream,’ the American Bar Association told senators Friday, delivering a powerful statement of support for President Trump’s nominee,” Alex Swoyer reports. “The ABA also shot down Democrats’ charges that there was a pattern of conservative bias in the judge’s rulings,” she writes.

Jobs Report Beats as Wage Growth Soars at its Fastest Pace Since the Great Recession

-Business Insider

“US employers added more jobs than forecast in August, and wages increased at their fastest pace since the Great Recession, a government report showed on Friday,” Akin Oyedele reports. “August was the 95th consecutive month in which American employers hired more people than were fired, and there's never been a longer streak.”

Layoffs Just Reached a Half-Century Low

-The Wall Street Journal

“The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell at the end of August to a nearly five-decade low,” Sharon Nunn reports in The Wall Street Journal. “Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., declined to a seasonally adjusted 203,000 in the last week of August, the Labor Department said Thursday.”

American Manufacturers Growing at Fastest Pace in 14 years, ISM Finds


“American manufacturers are on a roll: Business conditions surged in August to a 14-year high, according to a survey of industry executives,” Jeffry Bartash writes. “The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index jumped to a 14-year high of 61.3% last month from 58.1% in July.”

Democrats' Kavanaugh Tantrums Are an Embarrassment

-Investor’s Business Daily

“Any doubt that Democrats are desperate to stall Judge Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court ended Tuesday, when they made a mockery of the confirmation hearings,” the Investor’s Business Daily editorial board writes. “This was nothing more than — bad — political theater.”

Happy in Their Work

-The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes that “blue-collar workers may be the most optimistic folks in America. Eighty-five percent say they see their lives heading in the right direction,” according to a new Harris Poll. “Seventy percent agree ‘the American Dream is alive for people like me,’ and among those who are parents 88% agree with the statement that ‘my children will have a better future than I will.’”

President Donald J. Trump Wants This to be a New Year of Shalom, Salaam, Peace

-Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt writes that peace for the Middle East is within grasp, but Palestinian leadership has refused to engage in talks since “President Trump made his bold, courageous and historic decision to recognize the reality that Jerusalem has been and will remain the capital of Israel. The leadership’s unwillingness to engage is disappointing and only hurts the Palestinian people that they claim to serve.”

The Trump Administration is Ready to Help California Meet Wildfire Threat

-The Sacramento Bee

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue write that the day the Carr Fire started, FEMA approved a grant to help California with firefighting costs. "There is no denying that fires have been a part of Earth’s history since forests first flourished on the planet," they write. "What we can control is how we prepare and respond to them."

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