World’s top news stories for today from Washingtonian post (March 5, 2016)
US adds 242,000 jobs in February
The figure marked a strong hiring rebound since January, when 172,000 jobs were added — an upward revision from the 151,000 jobs originally reported. The unemployment rate remained at a low 4.9 percent. The performance came as hiring in construction, retail, and health care offset layoffs by manufacturers and oil companies.
The consensus view among economists is that solid hiring has become entrenched and wages may be following suit. That’s evident in forecasts for the February jobs report. Bloomberg
Republican civil war
The split within the Republican Party over Trump has become dire. It has moved far beyond the usual disagreement that takes place in most primary elections, when party leaders typically bicker for several months before uniting behind a single candidate.
It now appears increasingly unlikely that the party will ever fall in line behind Trump, according to Republican Party operatives and analysts.
If the divide over Trump isn’t resolved soon, there could be a major realignment within the Republican Party, according to Edwards, who is seen as a founding father of modern conservative politics in the U.S. But he insists that would be a small price to pay to keep Trump out of the White House. “I think most of us are more concerned about the United States than we are the party. The party is a political club. Our concern is about the country.” VOA
US Presidential election
Ben Carson drops out: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is “leaving the campaign trail,” he announced Friday during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. After an early surge to the top of the GOP primary polls, Carson’s campaign suffered from staffing changes and disorganization, and he struggled in the Super Tuesday contests. Earlier Friday, Carson announced he would serve as national chairman of My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan organization that encourages Christian Americans to vote. ABC News, Politico
Super Saturday: 2016’s underdog candidates are hoping to make gains on frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump this weekend, during the first elections since Super Tuesday. On Saturday, both parties will hold presidential contests in Kansas and Louisiana; Republicans also vote in Kentucky and Maine, and Democrats vote in Nebraska. Elections continue on Sunday with a Maine caucus for Democrats and a primary in Puerto Rico for Republicans. USA Today
Next Democrat debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate next month in Flint, Michigan, a city thrust into the national spotlight after it was discovered residents were drinking toxic tap water. The debate will air on CNN, the Democratic National Committee announced on Sunday. CNN
US aircraft carrier, destroyers head to South China Sea
The United States has deployed an aircraft carrier and several escorts to the South China Sea in an apparent show of force to China. The John C. Stennis, along with two destroyers and two crosiers, reportedly arrived in the disputed waters earlier this week. A U.S. flagship is also in the region.
China claims almost the entire South China Sea. The United States has accused Beijing of militarizing the region as it tries to contest territorial claims by other nations. After China deployed surface-to-air missiles on the Paracel Islands last month, the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, told Congress that China is clearly militarizing the sea.
China denies the accusation and says it is the U.S. that is causing the tension. VOA
Philippines seizes N Korean cargo ship
The Philippines will impound a suspected North Korean cargo ship docked at a port northwest of Manila and eventually deport its North Korean crewmen in compliance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest nuclear test and rocket launch, officials said Saturday.
Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon III said the U.N. sanctions would be applied to the MV Jin Teng, which arrived Thursday at Subic Bay, a former U.S. naval base that’s now a key commercial port. The ship has 21 North Korean crewmen.
“Our obligation is essentially to impound the vessel and not allow it to leave port and that the crew must eventually be deported,” Quezon said in a radio interview. USA Today
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