The Larry O’Connor Show 11.02.18

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Economy adds robust 250,000 jobs in October in last employment report before election (USA Today)

The economy added a healthy 250,000 jobs in October, the Labor Department said Friday in the last employment report before midterm elections that President Trump has cast as a critical referendum on his stewardship of the economy.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at a near 50-year low of 3.7 percent. Annual wage growth topped 3 percent for the first time in nine years.

Economists had estimated 200,000 jobs were added last month, according to a Bloomberg survey.

Trump has boasted that low unemployment is a result of the cuts to taxes and regulations championed by his administration, and warned ominously that electing Democrats would reverse the gains.

“At stake in this Election is whether we continue the extraordinary prosperity we have achieved – or whether we let the Radical Democrat Mob take a giant wrecking ball to our Country and our Economy!” he tweeted this week. [Read More]

Early-voting numbers reach record highs, doubling in Md. and Va. (The Washington Post)

Just about twice as many people voted early in Maryland and Virginia this election season, with turnout eclipsing the entire 2014 vote total in some jurisdictions.

The regional data follows a nationwide trend of surging voter participation compared with four years ago, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and many Democrats stayed home for the midterm elections.

Democratic leaders and officials across the Washington metropolitan area have pointed to the numbers as evidence that local voters are hyped about their candidates and energized by opposition to President Trump. [Read More]

‘Grab Them By The Ballot’: Women Pose Nude Urging People To Vote For Democrats (The Daily Wire)

Ten leftist women, determined to give their all for the cause, posed stark naked for a series of photographs with only a ballot covering their genitals to urge people to vote for Democrats on November 6.

The series was named, in a reference to Donald Trump’s infamous “grab’em by the p***y” remark, “Grab Them By The Ballot.” Trump’s comment became public late in the 2016 election season.

The photo series was organized by Dawn Robertson, 48, who wanted women of different shapes, sexual orientations, and races to demonstrate their unified opposition to the Republican Party. Robertson said her effort was precipitated by the #MeToo allegations against various celebrities as well as what she termed the GOP’s attack on women’s reproductive rights and transgender people’s rights. [Read More]

What today’s parents can do to raise the next generation of informed voters (The Washington Post)

On Nov. 6, voters will elect a slate of leaders who will decide how best to address a variety of issues that will profoundly impact the country for decades to come. A recent poll by Harvard University is predicting a historically high voter turnout among Americans under age 30, with 40 percent reporting they “will definitely” vote in this midterm election.

Being politically engaged is not only good for society, but research suggests it’s good for individuals, too. “Voting and feeling a commitment to a community gives young people a bigger sense of purpose and builds their social network,” says Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. A study last year in the journal Applied Developmental Science found that community engagement may provide mental health benefits for youth, while another recent study in the journal Child Development found that adolescents and young adults who voted, volunteered or engaged in activism had better life outcomes: They were more likely to stay in school longer and earned higher incomes than their peers. [Read More]

Discovery Greenlights ‘Border Live’ Reality Show Set At U.S.-Mexico Border (Deadline)

With the national debate focused on immigration, Discovery is heading to the U.S.-Mexico border for a timely live reality series, Border Live. The six-part multiplatform series hosted by CNN anchor/special correspondent Bill Weir and investigative journalist Lilia Luciano, is set to premiere December 5 at 9 PM on Discovery Channel.

The live weekly series will document the work of law enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border as well as the real lives, real moments and stories of those that live and work along its remote stretches. Weir will host from Discovery’s New York bureau, tracking the action and stories as they unfold live from the border. In addition, Weir will engage with experts on border issues, offering insight and perspective on events as they occur. Border Live crews will be embedded out in the field with officers and special agents at key border sites from Nogales, AZ, in the west to the Rio Grande Valley and points east. Luciano will also be immersed in the field, interviewing people who live and work along the border. You can watch a preview clip below the story. [Read More]

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