The U.S. economy performed well in February, per the jobs report released Friday, exceeding expectations and adding 313,000 non-farm jobs. The gain marked the biggest increase since mid-2016.
President Trump might be happy to tout the strength of the economy under his watch — except for one glaring fact from the report that would appear to disprove his claim that America needs steep tariffs to protect its steelworkers:
This bit of the jobs report would not suggest we are in desperate need of tariffs and a trade war. pic.twitter.com/xBhHrFD1IS
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 9, 2018
Trump formally announced a 25 percent tax on steel imports and a 10 percent tax on aluminum imports Thursday. "Our steel industry is in bad shape," he tweeted last week. "IF YOU DON'T HAVE STEEL, YOU DON'T HAVE A COUNTRY!" Kimberly Alters
That holds true among white evangelical Christians — some of Trump's most reliable supporters — with one key exception: White evangelical women in the millennial generation are actually more likely to back Trump (73 percent gave him their vote in 2016) than their male counterparts (60 percent voted Trump):
"Christian conservative women are realizing their voice isn't being heard," says Kelsey Gold, a Trump supporter who recently graduated from Liberty University and coordinated a group called Young Women for America. "Most of us don't condone the rhetoric that Trump uses, but most support his policies," she added in comments for a piece exploring this unusual dynamic in Christianity Today.
Scott Waller, chair of the political science department at the evangelical Biola University, suggested Trump's positions on abortion and national security as plausible explanations for this "really interesting statistic that kind of defies the national trend." Waller argues Trump's "black-and-white description" of issues like terrorism and immigration might appeal to a "more traditional evangelical understanding that we're all naturally depraved [which] plays into a kind of need for government to restrain and protect." Bonnie Kristian
If the 2018 midterm elections were held today, Democrats would dominate. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday asked voters whether they'd want to see Republicans or Democrats win control of the House of Representatives if the election was held right now, and Democrats won out by a striking 16-point margin. Just 38 percent said they'd want Republicans to remain in charge, while 54 percent said they'd want to see Democrats win control.
Quinnipiac noted that this "is the widest margin ever measured for this question in a Quinnipiac University poll, exceeding a 5 percentage point margin for Republicans in 2013."
The poll was conducted by phone from May 4-9 among 1,078 voters. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points. Becca Stanek
Ballots are still being tallied from the Nov. 8 presidential election, and Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote over Donald Trump continues to climb.
On Wednesday night, The Associated Press released its latest figures, giving Clinton 64,874,143 votes to Trump's 62,516,883 — a difference of 2,357,260. Based on those numbers, Clinton has 48.1 percent of the vote, and Trump 46.4 percent. In electoral votes, Trump has 306 to Clinton's 232.
The 2016 National Popular Vote Tracker, which is compiled from official sources by Cook Political Report and David Wasserman, has Clinton with 65,152,112 votes and Trump with 62,625,928. In 2012, President Obama won re-election with 65,915,795 votes. Catherine Garcia
Perhaps it's just coincidence, but in the past year searches for jobs in Canada on the website Monster.com have jumped 58 percent. Money magazine reported Wednesday that, per Monster, keyword searches on the job search engine involving the word "Canada" have gone from "from 19,693 in 2015 to 30,296 through October 2016."
Engineers seem particularly interested in the prospect of migrating up north. Openings for "civil engineers, mechanical engineers, software engineers, and chemical engineers" in Canada garnered the most searches, though IT workers were also checking out job prospects in Canada, Money reported. Bankers, salespeople, and human resources professionals seem the least concerned with searching for work in Canada, at least per Monster's search data.
Admittedly, searching for a job is a lot different than applying, landing an interview, getting an offer, and then deciding to actually take the position. But the increased interest suggests some level of seriousness behind Americans' threats to flee the country if, say, Donald Trump becomes president.
The true test, of course, will be Monster.com's job searches on Nov. 9. Becca Stanek
FIFA just can't seem to win in the United States right now.
First, the U.S. Department of Justice charged nine FIFA officials with racketeering and corruption. And now, Americans add insult to indictments by spending just $607 on United Passions, a film mainly financed by soccer's governing body that purports to educate viewers about FIFA's hallowed history.
Granted: The movie enjoyed a limited weekend release in just 10 U.S. theaters, but even if we assume each theater sold the same number of tickets and each movie-goer went to a $9 matinee (ha!), that means fewer than 70 people across the U.S. chose to check out United Passions on Friday or Saturday. And sadly, that scenario probably would have been more appealing to the film's financiers than the one which actually played out at the FilmBar theater in Phoenix, which reported a weekend gross of just $9 from United Passions. That's a single ticket.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that United Passions' budget is estimated to have been somewhere between $25 million and $32 million, so FIFA better hope for a late rally of World Cup proportions. Sarah Eberspacher
Only in America does a house look better than a mansion.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump put together a handy graphic, showing just how many U.S. governors have thrown their hats into a presidential race from 2006 to 2015 (likely 2016 candidates, such as Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie, are included in the "running" category right alongside already-declared candidates such as Rick Perry and Martin O'Malley).
The results? Over the last decade, one out of every eight governors — or 12.5 percent — has run, is running, or likely will run for president in 2016.
Sandvine, a Canadian bandwidth management company, found that during primetime hours, Netflix streaming accounts for 36.5 percent of downstream internet bandwidth.
Meanwhile, all of Netflix's competitors combined still don't match that figure. During the same time period, YouTube accounted for 15.6 percent of downstream internet traffic, and just two percent was used for Amazon Instant Video and 1.9 percent for Hulu.
Sandvine measured bandwidth usage during primetime hours in North America in March. Netflix increased its primetime bandwidth usage since Sandvine's fall report, when Netflix video accounted for 34.5 percent of primetime bandwidth. Meghan DeMaria