News Wrap: Jobs report shows hiring slowed in July

News Wrap: Jobs report shows hiring slowed in July


JUDY WOODRUFF: U.S. employers have slowed
their pace of hiring new workers, but the
overall economy remains strong.
That’s the takeaway from today’s jobs report
for the month of July.
The Labor Department says employers added
157,000 jobs last month, not as many as expected.
The overall unemployment rate, however, still
dipped, from 4 percent to 3.9 percent.
But average hourly pay gained only 2.7 percent
from a year earlier.
That’s not enough to keep pace with inflation.
China has fired off a new warning to Washington
in a budding trade war.
Beijing announced today that — says today
that it’s ready to impose levies on another
$60 billion of imported U.S. goods.
That’s if the Trump administration goes ahead
with a threatened 25 percent tariff on Chinese
goods worth $200 billion.
At White House, economic adviser Larry Kudlow
said what happens next is up to China.
LARRY KUDLOW, Director, National Economic
Council: Do not blame President Trump.
Blame the Chinese for their intransigence.
We didn’t start this.
They’re the ones who are not playing by the
rules.
They’re the ones who are stealing technology
and intellectual property.
They’re the ones who have unfair trading barriers.
This is something President Trump inherited.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The two nations already exchanged
one round of tariffs.
China says its next tariffs will include U.S.
coffee, honey and industrial chemicals.
Senate Democrats are ending their boycott
of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstein,
who is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee,
reportedly plan to meet with Kavanaugh later
this month.
It comes amid a dispute with Republicans over
the release of documents relating to Kavanaugh’s
time in the George W. Bush White House.
So far, only one Democrat, Joe Manchin of
West Virginia, has met with Kavanaugh.
In Afghanistan, at least 39 people were killed
today in suicide attacks on a Shiite mosque
filled with worshipers.
It happened in the eastern provincial capital
of Gardez.
More than 80 were wounded.
Police say two male attackers dressed as women
slipped inside the mosque during Friday prayers.
They fired guns and then blew themselves up.
The capital of Bangladesh was largely shut
down for a fifth day, with buses staying off
the roads because of student protests.
It started Sunday, when two college students
were hit and killed by speeding buses in Dhaka,
a city of 10 million.
That brought out thousands of students, demanding
safer streets.
WOMAN (through translator): The elected representatives
of the country manage our tax money.
There is no benefit from elections if the
representatives are ignorant about our life
security and reluctant to provide us due services.
We will continue the movement if our demands
are not met immediately.
JUDY WOODRUFF: At least 12,000 people die
in road accidents in Bangladesh every year,
often due to reckless driving and lax enforcement.
The prominent abbot of a major Buddhist monastery
in China is now facing accusations of sexual
misconduct.
It’s the latest sign of a growing MeToo movement
in Chinese society.
Two fellow monks say the accused abbot harassed
Buddhist nuns and pressured them for sex.
The claims have now caused a public outcry
since they appeared online this week.
Back in this country, Las Vegas police closed
their investigation into last October’s mass
shooting, without determining a motive.
The gunman, Stephen Paddock, killed 58 and
wounded hundreds before taking his own life.
Paddock fired a hail of bullets into an outdoor
concert crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay
Bay Casino.
The sheriff said today that there’s no solid
evidence to explain why he did it.
JOSEPH LOMBARDO, Clark County, Nevada, Sheriff:
Stephen Paddock was an unremarkable man whose
movements leading up to October 1 didn’t raise
any suspicion.
An interview with his doctor indicated signs
of a troubled mind, but no troubling behavior
that would trigger a call to law enforcement.
Without a manifesto or even a note to answer
questions, the totality of the information
that has been gathered leaves us to only make
an educated guess as to the motives of Stephen
Paddock.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The final report did show that
Paddock had grown unstable and distant, and
suffered major gambling losses in the last
two years before the shootings.
A tax preparer for Paul Manafort testified
today that she filed tax returns she thought
contained false information.
Cindy LaPorta, who had been granted immunity,
acknowledged that she might have committed
a crime.
Manafort is accused of bank fraud and tax
evasion in the years before he managed the
Trump campaign.
Federal prosecutors say they may wrap up their
case next week.
Tennessee voters have chosen the two major
party nominees for a key U.S. Senate race
in November.
Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
and former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen
won Thursday’s primaries.
Blackburn campaigned as an ally of President
Trump.
Bredesen said he will chart an independent
course, in a state that went heavily for Mr.
Trump in 2016.
And on Wall Street, stocks ended this week
on a high note.
The Dow Jones industrial average gained 136
points to close at 25462.
The Nasdaq rose nine, and the S&P 500 added
13.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: the way after
the historic presidential election in Zimbabwe;
reuniting separated migrant families, who
is responsible, the government or the ACLU?;
mapping poverty in Kenya to address basic
needs; and much more.

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