Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including hiring slowed in July but was still strong as employers added 164,000 new jobs; The United States withdrew from a milestone arms-control agreement reached with Russia over three decades ago; The second round of Democratic presidential debates made little dent in former Vice President Joe Biden’s polling numbers, and more.
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1.) Hiring slowed in July but was still strong as employers added 164,000 new jobs, while the closely watched trade deficit with China narrowed slightly.
2.) The United States withdrew Friday from a milestone arms-control agreement reached between Russia and the United States over three decades ago, freeing up the U.S. to test new missiles that would have been previously banned under the treaty.
3.) Will Hurd, the only black Republican in the House of Representatives, announced he will not run for a fourth term, making him the sixth Republican congressman to decline to run for re-election in 2020.
4.) While former Vice President Joe Biden might have been on his back foot during this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit, fielding attacks from his fellow candidates, the overall night made little dent in his polling numbers.
5.) John Ratcliffe, the Texas Republican congressman in line to take over as the director of national intelligence, is withdrawing from consideration for the job, President Donald Trump said Friday.
6.) An administrative board recommended immediate dismissal Friday for the Staten Island officer whose chokehold killing of Eric Garner helped spur the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.
7.) Republican Wisconsin legislators sued the state’s Democratic attorney general over the enforcement of controversial lame-duck laws aimed at curtailing his powers and those of the new governor, also a Democrat.
8.) In his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief shivers through a northern lights show at a hot springs resort in the Alaskan wilderness.