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U.S. grew 2.9% in third quarter, GDP shows, and there's little sign of recession for now

(MarketWatch) The economy grew at an annual 2.9% pace in the third quarter, updated figures show, and the U.S. is on track to expand again in the waning months of 2022 despite growing worries of recession. Gross domestic product, the official scorecard for the economy, was revised up from a 2.6% rate of growth in the preliminary reading issued last month. GDP had shrunk in the first two quarters of the year. The economy is forecast to expand again in the fourth quarter running from October to December, but estimates vary from as much as 4% to less than 1%. All figures are adjusted for inflation.


Biden Economy adds 263,000 jobs in November, UE at 3.7%

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 263,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care, and government.


The Extreme Danger to our Democracy in Moore vs Harper

(Duke Today) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 7 will hear oral arguments in the Moore v. Harper case, which could lead to massive changes in the U.S. elections process by giving more power to state legislatures to oversee federal elections. The proposal could overturn longstanding election practices and laws, warns Asher Hildebrand, a Sanford School associate professor of the practice.


Herschel Walker claimed he let Obama beat him at basketball, but they never met

(Business Insider) Former President Barack Obama called out GOP Senate candidate Herschel Walker while campaigning for his opponent, Sen. Raphael Warnock, in Georgia on Thursday. "Since the last time I was here, apparently, he also claimed that he used to let me beat him at basketball," Obama said to an audience in Atlanta, according to a clip of his speech. "But then he admitted that we have never actually met. So I guess this was more of an imaginary whooping that I laid on him."


Trmp expresses solidarity with Jan. 6 rioters who stormed the Capitol

(Washington Post) Former president Donald Trump expressed solidarity with the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, sending a video of support to a fundraising event Thursday night hosted by a group called the Patriot Freedom Project that is supporting families of those being prosecuted by the government. Trump, who last month announced a 2024 White House bid, pledged that in coming months, he would take a close look at what he characterized as “a very unfair situation.”


Pennsylvania Republicans reconsider their war on mail voting

(Politico) For the past two years, Republican officials in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania have blasted mail voting, firing off lawsuits and bills aimed at crippling the balloting method that has become increasingly popular post-pandemic. In the wake of a midterm cycle that proved disastrous for them, they’re wondering if their antipathy to the idea cost them the election.


Appeals court halts special master review of docs seized at Mar-a-Lago in major defeat for Trump

(CNN) In a major defeat for former President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court on Thursday halted a third-party review of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate. The ruling removes a major obstacle to the Justice Department's investigation into the mishandling of government records from Trump's time in the White House.

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