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10 things you need to know today: May 7, 2016

Julie Kliegman
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Republican leaders split on embracing Trump

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday they won't be voting for Donald Trump in November. The two politicians — both of whom lost to Trump in this year's Republican presidential primary — declined to support Democrat Hillary Clinton and vowed to advocate for down-ballot Republicans. Meanwhile, former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN that he has always supported the GOP nominee, and that he would do the same for Trump. [CNN]


U.S. adds 160,000 jobs in April

U.S. employers added 160,000 jobs in April — fewer than expected — the Labor Department reported Friday. Economists had forecast a gain of 200,000 jobs. Analysts interpreted the number, the lowest in seven months, as an indication that slow first-quarter economic growth had sapped momentum from the nation's hiring binge. March's gains were revised down to 208,000 from 215,000 new non-farm jobs. The unemployment rate remained at 5 percent due to people dropping out of the labor force. Hourly wages rose by 0.3 percent, a bright spot in the report. [Reuters, Marketwatch]


Trump calls Clinton 'enabler' of husband's affairs

Donald Trump criticized Hillary Clinton at a Eugene, Oregon, rally on Friday, suggesting she had a hand in her husband Bill's affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his other alleged affairs. "She would go after these women and destroy their lives," Trump said. "She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful." The presumptive Republican presidential nominee employed the attack as a means of defending his own record on women. [CNN, The Hill]


Paul Ryan to meet with Donald Trump after endorsement scuffle

House Speaker Paul Ryan will meet privately with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to discuss the need to "unify the party," Ryan's office said Friday. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus will also attend. Ryan has also invited Trump to meet with members of the House Republican leadership to discuss how the GOP can come together to win in November. The announcement comes after Ryan and Trump clashed Thursday over Ryan's decision to withhold his endorsement of Trump for the presidency. [Politico, The Week]


Panama Papers whistleblower speaks out

The unnamed person behind the Panama Papers leak offered to aid law enforcement officials in prosecutions if the whistleblower is granted anonymity. "Legitimate whistleblowers who expose unquestionable wrongdoing, whether insiders or outsiders, deserve immunity from government retribution," the person behind the leak said in a statement late Thursday. The April leak of 11.5 million documents exposed world leaders and other prominent figures as hiding their assets in offshore companies to avoid taxes. [The New York Times]


Official: Canada wildfire could double in size

Canada's Fort McMurray wildfire has already covered 389 square miles — more than New York City — and it could double in size by Saturday evening, an Alberta fire official said, as southwest winds push the fire northeast into forested areas. About 88,000 people have been displaced so far. The fire, which has an unknown cause, is likely to keep burning for weeks. [CNN]


London elects its first Muslim mayor

London voted its first-ever Muslim mayor into office Friday. Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan, the son of a Pakistani bus driver and seamstress, beat the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith. Khan's win offers a powerful voice to Britain's Pakistani community, as well as symbolically challenging the increasingly prevalent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the West. [USA Today]


Maryland man arrested after allegedly killing wife, two others in shooting rampage

Authorities arrested Eulalio Tordil, 62, on Friday and charged him with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil. The suspect allegedly shot Gladys on Thursday night as she was picking up her two daughters from high school. On Friday, Tordil allegedly continued the rampage, killing one man and injuring two other people at a mall before fatally shooting a woman sitting in her car outside Giant. About 100 police officers surrounded Tordil as he left a Boston Market. [The Washington Post]


Justin Timberlake releases first new song in 3 years

Justin Timberlake dropped his first single since 2013 at the stroke of midnight Friday. The pop star's latest is an irresistibly upbeat electropop track called "Can't Stop the Feeling," and it's surefire radio bait for the summer. The song was released with a first-look video, featuring celebrities including Gwen Stefani, Anna Kendrick, and James Corden. The stars and the song are set to appear in the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature Trolls, which hits theaters Nov. 4. [Today, MTV News]


Fans gear up for 142nd Kentucky Derby

More than 100,000 horse-racing fans will head to Louisville's Churchill Downs on Saturday to watch the 142nd Kentucky Derby. Watch out for Nyquist, who has 3-1 odds of winning the race. The race kicks off at 6:34 p.m. ET. Watch the action go down on NBC. [SB Nation]