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Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%

Source: New York Times

Is the American worker finally getting a raise?

After years of scant real gains despite steadily falling unemployment and healthy hiring, wages picked up significantly last month, a sign the job market could be tightening enough to force companies to pay more to attract and retain employees.

The half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings in January was the brightest spot in a generally positive Labor Department report on Friday, which showed job creation slowing from the white-hot pace of late 2015 even as the unemployment rate fell to an eight-year low of 4.9 percent.

The last six months were the best extended period for employee paychecks since the recovery began six-and-a-half years ago.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/06/business/economy/jobs-report-unemployment-january-fed-interest-rates.html

Harriet Christian phone home . . .

We all laughed when she went off the deep end in 2008 but she was real. Apparently she worked as a waitress in NYC and died two years ago:

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, we lost Harriet Christian, a lifelong and outspoken champion of equal rights. I came to know her after her honest outburst at the Democratic National Convention’s Rules and Bylaws Committee was captured on video and picked up by major media outlets. Hundreds of us had traveled to DC to picket and protest the committee’s slanted meeting that would decide the fate of millions of citizens’ votes in Michigan and Florida.


Yes, she was a hopeless PUMA, but she believed in her candidate, and that counts for something in this crazy system. So here's to you Harriet Christian.

NPR: razor thin win for Hillary, 50.1 - 49.2%

Mara Liason says 83% of precints reporting; it's not an official call but she sounds pretty confident


CURRENT STATUS - Iowa Republican Caucuses
AS OF FEB. 1, 2016, 10:28 p.m. EST SOURCE: AP
CURRENT STATUS -Iowa Democratic Caucuses
AS OF FEB. 1, 2016, 10:28 p.m. EST
84.3% OF PRECINCTS REPORTING (1,417 OF 1,681)
Hillary Clinton 582 50.1%
Bernie Sanders 572 49.2%

Martin O’Malley 7 0.6%
Uncommitted 1 0.1%
Other 0 0.0%


NPR: Dem caucus goers skewing female (55%) and born before 1970 (over 45)

by lots. That's Hillary territory by a wide margin. Stay tuned!

Live link (showing Cruz beating Trump incidentally with 24%, but no Dem results up yet): https://elections.npr.org/

Role reversal: Hillary OUTDRAWS Sanders -- 1,500 to 1,000 -- last night in Davenport.

Per NPR hourly news. Fancy that!

p.s. audio link to story:

Iowa Update: Republicans And Democrats Race To Reach Supporters
Updated January 30, 20168:25 AM ET


"I hope I was able to help them."

That's what Hillary will say to reporters at the close of House hearing #1,864 on President Clinton's e-mail server in December 2024


"The establishment" = Social Security, SSI, VA, Medicare/Medicaid, ACA, GA, EEOC, FDA, SNAP, HUD,

FDIC, AFDC, support for labor unions, support for LGBT and reproductive rights, FTC, FDA, FDC, and many other federally operated or regulated services and programs including, yes, the banking and finance sectors in addition to the mil-intel operations which, as objectionably massive as they are, have grown less so in the current Democratic administration.

That's a lot of moving parts to coordinate, which is not a game for amateurs or "deciders" who delegate day-to-day operations to a power-mad minister who can handle them. President Obama may not be the best delegater but that's partly why we're on the cusp of an economic expansion that not even FOX and CNN will be able to ignore: low oil prices, low interest rates, new industries, TPP (which will create new jobs in those new industries), and reduced military expenditures are eventually going to produce a widely-felt recovery that the next administration will likely get credit for -- as long as they don't blow it.

I don't think Hillary will blow it, but I don't know of any other candidate on either side who is up to the task.

“She’s got an open wound, and part of our job is to pour salt in it.”

That's Glen Bolger, head of the Republican polling firm that conducted focus groups for Karl Rove's Super PAC last summer to help him fine-tune the memes you hear every day, including:

* She's untrustworthy (cue the email server music!)

* She's out of touch (cue "Dead broke"!)

* She's a tool of Wall Street (cue speaking fees from Goldman Sachs!)

and many more. And not just AmericanCrossroads:

Crossroads plans to use a kaleidoscopic approach for its anti-Clinton campaign. In order to target particular voters with tailored messages, the campaign will feature tools including television and radio spots, digital ads on mobile devices, and pre-roll, the commercials that play before videos online.

Crossroads is eager to establish itself as the leading attack dog against Mrs. Clinton, but it is a crowded field, especially as other super PACs are emerging as bigger players in the Republican money world.

All that money to beat one candidate. Lots more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/us/the-best-way-to-vilify-clinton-gop-spends-heavily-to-test-it.html

NYT: Karl Rove's Super PAC has been running attack ads in Iowa and NH since September

attacking one Democratic candidate, Hillary:

Sept.14 - Ad to Use Hillary Clinton’s Words Against Her on Email Issue

The new digital ad hitting Hillary Rodham Clinton is called, cheekily, “Orange Is the New Black” — part a nod to the orange suit Mrs. Clinton is wearing in the Las Vegas news conference she held about her “home-brew” email server, and part a play on the Netflix series that features women in prison.


The 30-second spot is the brainchild of American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-founded “super PAC.” The ad is starting on Monday to coincide with Mrs. Clinton’s visit to Iowa, and is part of a $10,000 buy.

The ad uses only footage of Mrs. Clinton and her own words at the August news conference during which she tried to defend her use of a personal email service while secretary of state. In a series of focus groups this summer, the super PAC found that using Mrs. Clinton’s words against her was one of the more effective ways of attacking her.

“I don’t know how it works digitally at all,” a flustered Mrs. Clinton says in the ad, before the question, “How could she possibly serve as president?” flashes across the screen.


And in NH, from the American Crossroads website:

September 18, 2015 by Admin

WASHINGTON – As Hillary Clinton tries a new apology strategy to put her email scandal in the rearview mirror, today American Crossroads welcomed Hillary Clinton back to New Hampshire with a digital ad entitled “Orange is the New Black.” The ad uses footage from Hillary Clinton’s infamous August 18th press conference in Las Vegas.

Why is he only attacking Hillary?

Karl Rove comes to Iowa to help Bernie -- by swiftboating Chelsea

Who could have predicted that?

AmericanCrossroads: "2008 Hillary Clinton vs.2016 Chelsea Clinton"

More AmericanCrossroads YouTube ads: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn6M7EPsiL3cSVHGW8Gsr1g

Backstory on Karl Rove's American Crossroads Super PAC:

American Crossroads is a Super PAC that raises funds from donors to advocate for certain candidates of the Republican Party. Former White House strategist Karl Rove was behind its formation.

Karl Rove, co-founder and Adviser to American Crossroads.



Hillary discusses American Crossroads yesterday with George Stephanopolous:

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