By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. job market may have picked up steam in March, but the improvement was only a small step towards the Federal Reserve's threshold for considering reining in its massive support for the economy. That's the signal from a broad index of labor market indicators developed by Cornerstone Macro economist Roberto Perli and which includes an array of statistics U.S. central bank officials have placed at the center of their analysis of the economy. Perli's index, using data since 1990, improved following the addition of nearly a million jobs to U.S. payr...
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Texas Republicans suffered a major setback on Friday.
"The Biden administration on Friday rescinded approval for changes to Texas' Medicaid program granted by the Trump administration, saying that federal Medicaid officials "materially erred" by speeding approval for the state's $100 billion-plus request in January," Dan Diamond reported for The Washington Post on Friday. "Two federal health officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, characterized Friday's decision as an effort to push Texas toward accepting the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Texas, which has more uninsured than any other state, is one of only 12 that have not expanded the program."
"Health advocates have called Texas' waiver an effort to work around the federal Medicaid expansion by setting up alternate funding to help cover the costs of uninsured patients," the newspaper reported. "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott slammed the Biden administration decision, saying it was 'obstructing health care access for vulnerable Texans and taking away crucial resources for rural hospitals in Texas. … With this action, the Biden administration is deliberately betraying Texans who depend on the resources made possible through the waiver.'"
The newspaper obtained a copy of the letter:
HHS letter to Texas.Screengrab.
A government watchdog has found that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo improperly used taxpayer-funded resources when he and his wife, Susan, asked State Department employees to carry out tasks for the couple's own personal benefit, POLITICO reports.
"By digging through emails and other documents and interviewing staff members, investigators uncovered scores of instances in which Mike or Susan Pompeo asked State Department staffers to handle tasks of a personal nature, from booking salon appointments and private dinner reservations to picking up their dog and arranging tours for the Pompeos' political allies," POLITICO's Nahal Toosi writes. "Employees told investigators that they viewed the requests from Susan Pompeo, who was not on the federal payroll, as being backed by the secretary."
Speaking to investigators, Pompeo insisted the tasks were small and inconsequential, but the inspector general's office says the investigation said the ethics rules governing such interactions are clear and make no exception, regardless of how small the task is.
Read the full report over at POLITICO.
Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is once again back in the news.
"A nascent 'America First Caucus' in Congress linked to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has been distributing materials calling for a 'common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions' and a return to architectural style that 'befits the progeny of European architecture.' Reps. Barry Moore (R-Ala.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) have also agreed to join the group," Punchbowl News reported Friday, citing an email invitation it obtained.
"We've been covering Congress for a long time, and this is some of the most nakedly nativist rhetoric we've ever seen," Punchbowl noted.
Punchbowl cited some of the "eye-popping" sections of the group's literature.
"America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions," the group argued. "History has shown that societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country."
@PunchbowlNews @mtgreenee @RepGosar At @PunchbowlNews — we’ve been covering the hill a long time. this is some of t… https://t.co/d01B0PyxXI— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman)1618593238.0
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