Daily Clips: February 5th, 2016

Unemployment rate falls below 5% for first time since 2008: First, the bad news: The economy added 151,000 jobs in January, but economists were expecting 190,000.  Meh. Now the good news: the unemployment rate is still declining and has now reached eight-year-lows. All in all, a pretty disappointing jobs report for the Obama administration.

Does the press treat Chelsea Clinton with too much deference? It’s an interesting question. Here are some interesting tidbits from the Politico piece.

As Vanity Fair reported, in early 2008 the Clinton campaign placed “warning calls” to David Shuster, then at MSNBC, the day after he asked her a couple of questions (that went unanswered) at a campaign event. Chelsea, age 27, was off-limits, the campaign said.

Chelsea Clinton deserves no special treatment from the press, and from what I can tell, she no longer expects it. “I’m really grateful I grew up in a house in which media literacy was a survival skill,” she said upon becoming an NBC News correspondent in 2011. Nobody put it better than Halperin last month when he said, “The notion of laying off her seems ridiculous. Fair coverage, but not no coverage.”

David Brooks lectures the people about morality: Something new and different for his latest column. Give it a rest, David. You can’t lecture people about altruism when you’re supporting a candidate (Rubio) that doesn’t believe in the minimum wage or climate change.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.