Jobs report Friday
The big news today is that hiring surged in December with employers having added 312,000 jobs. Chris Isidore filed that story at CNN.
Jeff Cox at CNBC added that only 176,000 jobs were expected.
A(n) historic Congress
Also at the Washington Post, Elise Viebeck reported that lawmakers hail a new ‘sisterhood’ as more than 100 women take their seats in the House for the first time ever in the history of the United States. In her tweet about the piece, Viebeck pointed out that, “women lawmakers had to wait until 2011 to get a restroom off the floor of the House. On Thursday for the first time, there was a line to get in. A look at shifting gender dynamics as Dems take control.”
It was not lost on Gwen Aviles that Rep. Lauren Underwood was sworn in as the youngest black woman in Congress and she wrote about it for NBC News. Courtney Subramanian shouted out this “Historic day for IL's 14th.”
For a closer look at the historic 116th Congress, Vox presented them in 17 pictures. It was the work of Li Zhou and Kainaz Amaria. “Great pix,” Trip Gabriel chimed in.
While you’re admiring those photos, check out Robin Givhan’s Perspective in the Washington Post in which she writes: For Nancy Pelosi and the new women in Congress, fashion was a defiant statement of purpose — and resistance.
It's hard out there for a woman lawmaker
“Hours after making history, Rep. @RashidaTlaib profanely promises to impeach Trump,” Amy B Wang wrote in her piece at the Washington Post. That profanity-laced declaration about the Trump impeachment happened during a MoveOn.org party. If you just want to know what the profanity was without clicking through, Hamza Shaban tweeted the quote: "...Because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherfucker." Nick Manes also shared this delightful bit: "made headlines for simply swearing at a...bar."
In another piece of news about a junior congressperson, there was a bid to discredit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a college dance video that spectacularly backfired when literally everyone shared the video with “I love this.” “Showbiz types must be kicking themselves they didn't spot her back then,” Crawford Kilian suggested. Read more about how the effort to embarrass freshly sworn-in Congresswoman failed via Kate Lyons’ piece in The Guardian.
Yesterday, we rounded up who all is talking about running for president right now. But as Annie Linskey and David Weigel wrote at the Washington Post, before you run against Trump, you have to run against Hillary (if you’re a woman). Terri Rupar it’s “a great piece from the likable @AnnieLinskey and @daveweigel on the demands placed on female candidates.”
Back to school
No sooner had Nancy Pelosi been elected Speaker as Democrats Took Control of House yesterday (read that piece from Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times) than she Officially Invited President Trump to Deliver His State of the Union Address during a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Elsewhere in Washington, David Weigel at the Washington Post wrote that House Democrats plan to hold hearings on Medicare for All. Weigel added it’s “something that, amazingly, has never happened before.”
While Mike DeBonis, also at the Washington Post, heard that House Democrats unveiled bill targeting Trump on tax returns and transparency.
Try not to forget about the government shutdown
At least one GOP senator (Cory Scott Gardner from Colorado) called on Congress to end the shutdown without a border deal, Alexander Bolton wrote at The Hill. “We should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open,” Gardner is quoted as saying.
David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim at the Washington Post pointed out that Amid a government shutdown, [we’re just getting] more typos - from Trump and the White House.
In what Dara Lind described as “EYYY LOOK A SERIOUS PIECE ON TODAY'S PSEUDO-PRESSER,” she wrote at Vox that The Border Patrol union chose Trump’s wall over their own agents getting paid on time. “Generally, a public sector union would hardly be expected to make a public appearance urging Congress not to pass a bill that would start paying their salaries again,” Matt Pearce quoted from Lind’s piece.
The administration’s foibles
Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times report heard that the White House is courting Jim Webb, ex-Democratic senator, as its next defense secretary, Michael Tackett pointed out that Webb was also a “Reagan-era secretary of the Navy.”
The Justice Dept. is investigating whether U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to the inspector general while testifying at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing in March 2018. That update came from Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky, Josh Dawsey, Juliet Eilperin, and Lisa Rein.
And Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump, according to the AP.
The Justice Dept. admitted making an error but won’t correct its report linking terrorism to immigration, per Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima.
Meanwhile, Kim Murphy tweeted that the “latest revelation on employment of undocumented workers at Trump Golf Club in New Jersey [includes] A kitchen worker [who] said management took her off a list of employees sent to the Secret Service, but she kept her job.” All of that comes from Miriam Jordan’s piece An Undocumented Worker Says Trump Resort Shielded Her From Secret Service in the New York Times.
The Washington Post followed that up with their own piece about the Former Trump club employee saying management kept her off Secret Service screening list because she is undocumented. Josh Partlow, Tom Hamburger, and Carol Leonnig wrote it.
While all of this was going on, the AP had the latest news on Trump talking to the family of a cop killed in California. For some backstory on the matter, this is the officer who was shot to death during a Dec. 26 traffic stop in Newman, California. The suspected shooter is a Mexican man accused of living in the U.S. illegally.
Big news out of Chicago
Bill Ruthhart and Jason Meisner at the Chicago Tribune wrote that County Board President Toni Preckwinkle got campaign money tied to Ald. Ed Burke’s alleged extortion scheme, according to some sources they spoke with. Ruthhart tweeted, “A $10,000 campaign contribution tied to longtime powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke’s alleged extortion scheme was intended for County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is running to succeed Rahm Emanuel as mayor.”
Jason Meisner wrote a separate piece all about how the Feds charged powerful Ald. Edward Burke with corruption and Lisa Donovan heralded it with “///BREAKING/////”
Thirteen Canadians have been detained in China since Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1, an official told Michelle Zilio at The Globe and Mail.
In another part of the world, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi denies holding political prisoners, CBS reported.
*Michael Barbaro voice*
Here’s what else you need to know today:
- Southwest Airlines' legendary co-founder Herb Kelleher died at 87. Conor Shine wrote the obit for Dallas News.
- New York got a huge surprise Thursday when Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Shane Goldmacher at the New York Times released news that a Full Shutdown of the L Train would Be Halted by Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The full L train shutdown is not happening as planned in April. It will be a partial closure of the tunnel, according to a source familiar with the matter,” Goldmacher tweeted. Shortly thereafter, Michael Gold tweeted: “hi! did you move because of the L train shutdown that is now canceled? we'd like to hear from you.” Stay tuned for that piece.
- A story was circling around the internet Thursday hilariously titled: The Best Skin-Care Trick Is Being Rich. It comes from Amanda Mull at The Atlantic and includes the line, "The wealthy, both famous and non, tend to be visibly well-moisturized." (As tweeted by Adrienne LaFrance). For her part, Mull shared, “I wrote about skincare, millionaires who swear it’s all just sleep and hydration, and how women’s media often tries to play dumb on class aesthetics.”
- And at NBC News, Ben Collins discovered how a troll went viral with attempts to falsely tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia by posing as gay men on Twitter. It actually gets worse. “The fake ‘pro-pedophilia’ Twitter trolls are posing as real members of the LGBT community. Karl Krause and Daan Colijn, a gay travel blog couple, had their identities stolen by @vaceyi, which posted pro-pedophilia tweets using their image, and went viral,” Collins explained on Twitter.