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‘Where the hell are the parents?’ Lahren on brutal teen mob attack of off duty police officer

In her daily commentary “Final Thoughts,” Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren shed light on the upbringing of today’s youth after a group of teenagers attacked an off duty officer at a busy outdoor shopping center in California last  Friday.

“What happened at that mall isn’t an isolated incident or a fluke. This kind of crap happens every single day across the nation. Teens and young people are parenting themselves and clearly, it’s not working. I blame the school system, felon-friendly laws…anti-authority upbringings, and the collapse of the American family, in general,” Lahren said.

The assault – which was captured on video – happened around 8 p.m. at the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville, located next to Oakland. The Emeryville Police Department said Monday a woman seen in surveillance video wearing white clothes approached a group of teenagers and accused them of taking her cellphone minutes earlier.

After spotting the commotion, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer – who asked only to be identified as Greg B. – approached the group and tried to secretly take photos until one of the teenagers ran at the off-duty officer and hit him. Another boy then punched him as he ran off but he was surrounded and attacked again, as seen in the video released by officials.

“It was a melee. It was chaotic. It was a really scary situation,” Greg B. told KTVU. “It should have never gotten to this point.”

The officer said he tried to run away, but the teens surrounded him.

“But I know that when I let him go, he’s going to swing at me. And I let him go. I push him and sure enough, he turns around and swings at me,” he told KTVU. “I back up and that’s when one of his friends came up behind me and struck me in the back of the head.”

Lahren, an outspoken critic of California’s “felon-friendly” laws, was visibly angry in the Fox Nation segment. She said she was not surprised by the violent incident.

“First of all, where the hell are the parents? Not just at the time of the incident but in general. Whose teenage kids are taught acting like lawless animals is acceptable,” she asked.

“This wasn’t just a schoolyard tiff, this was an assault. Not only did they possibly steal the woman’s phone, they then proceeded to push and shove her all before brutally attacking the officer like a pack of wild animals. This is absolutely appalling but sadly, not surprising.”

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“Young people in this country are not taught right from wrong anymore. Heck, as evidenced by this incident, far too many young people aren’t even taught that violence is wrong,” Lahren added.

The Fox Nation host also issued strong praise for officer Greg B. — who sustained a concussion, a broken finger and bruises after the assault.

“To this CHP officer who bravely thrust himself in harm’s way to defend that woman, even though he was off-duty, I say, ‘Sir, you give me hope and you make officers everywhere proud’.”

Reiterating her praise for the officer, Lahren took jabs at the left for their “anti-police rhetoric.”

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Off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Greg B. said he practiced “a lot of restraint” during the assault. (KTVU)

“Despite the anti-police rhetoric spewed by the mainstream media, celebrities, and many on the left, it is quite clear our officers love their communities enough to spring into action even when they don’t have to, even when it lands them in the hospital after being choked unconscious,” she said.

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“It takes a special kind of person to do that.”

The Emeryville Police Department said Monday that two juveniles, ages 14 and 16, were arrested while six others are still being sought, according to KGO-TV.

Authorities are hoping to use surveillance video to assist in their investigation, and are asking the public for help in submitting and videos or photos from the Friday night incident.

To see Lahren’s full remarks and for more episodes of Tomi Lahren’s daily commentary offering a refreshing and unfiltered perspective on issues across the country, join Fox Nation and watch “Final Thoughts”  today.

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Fox News’ Travis Fedschun contributed to this report.

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How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong

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There are a lot of good things to say, and few bad things to say, about the November employment numbers that were published Friday morning.

Employers added 266,000 jobs, a blockbuster number even after accounting for the one-time boost of about 41,000 striking General Motors workers who returned to the job. Revisions to previous months’ job counts were positive. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, matching its lowest level since 1969.

Other numbers were less evocative of a boom time. The share of the adult population in the labor force ticked down, and average hourly earnings continued growing at only a moderate pace, up 3.1 percent over the last year — but it feels churlish to complain when the big-picture numbers are so good.

Still, there is a bigger lesson contained in the data, one that is important beyond any one month’s tally of the job numbers: that the American economy is capable of cranking at a higher level than conventional wisdom held as recently as a few years ago. As the economy continues to grow well above what once seemed like its potential, without inflation or other clear signs of overheating, it’s clearer that the old view of its potential was an extremely costly mistake.

The mainstream view of the economics profession — held by leaders of the Federal Reserve, the Congressional Budget Office, private forecasters and many in academia — was that the United States economy was at, or close to, full employment.

In January 2017, for example, nearly three years ago, the Congressional Budget Office forecast a 4.7 percent unemployment rate as far as the eye could see, and it projected that the United States labor force would consist of 163.3 million in 2019. The jobless rate has averaged less than 3.7 percent through the first 11 months of the year, and the labor force now stands at 164.4 million people.

The Federal Reserve likewise was too pessimistic about the potential of American workers; in projections three years ago, the consensus view of its leaders was that the unemployment rate would average 4.5 percent in the final months of 2019. If that forecast had materialized, 1.6 million more Americans would currently be unemployed than actually are.

They also expected their target interest rate to be around 2.9 percent — reflecting rate increases they believed would be needed to head off inflation. Instead, that interest rate is around 1.6 percent, and you have to squint to see signs of inflation.

If you go back even further, to the late Obama years, there was an even more pessimistic tone about the outlook for American workers embedded in the fine print of both public and private-sector forecasts.

If we knew then what we know now, it would have had big implications for what seemed like sensible policy. The United States probably didn’t need to reduce budget deficits the way it did between 2013 and 2016, now that we know how much untapped growth potential there was. The Fed probably didn’t need to raise rates as quickly or as much as it did.

There are clear signs that Fed leaders are starting to internalize these lessons, and are now more open-minded to letting the economy run and seeing just how many people can be put to work and how much wages can rise before it causes inflation or other problems.

And markets seem to be getting that message. For years, whenever there has been a strong jobs report like the one issued Friday, markets viewed it as hawkish for monetary policy — as tilting the balance toward more interest rate increases. But this time, analysts and financial markets seemed to take the big-time job growth numbers in stride, given that they weren’t accompanied by any signs of ill effects from the low unemployment rate and strong growth.

People often say that this expansion, now in its 11th year, is growing long in the tooth, or that we are late in the economic cycle. And maybe that’s right. But the biggest lesson when you contrast where the labor market stands at the end of 2019, versus where smart people thought it would stand just a few years ago, is that there’s a lot we don’t know about just what is possible and how strong the United States economy can get.

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How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong

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There are a lot of good things to say, and few bad things to say, about the November employment numbers that were published Friday morning.

Employers added 266,000 jobs, a blockbuster number even after accounting for the one-time boost of about 41,000 striking General Motors workers who returned to the job. Revisions to previous months’ job counts were positive. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, matching its lowest level since 1969.

Other numbers were less evocative of a boom time. The share of the adult population in the labor force ticked down, and average hourly earnings continued growing at only a moderate pace, up 3.1 percent over the last year — but it feels churlish to complain when the big-picture numbers are so good.

Still, there is a bigger lesson contained in the data, one that is important beyond any one month’s tally of the job numbers: that the American economy is capable of cranking at a higher level than conventional wisdom held as recently as a few years ago. As the economy continues to grow well above what once seemed like its potential, without inflation or other clear signs of overheating, it’s clearer that the old view of its potential was an extremely costly mistake.

The mainstream view of the economics profession — held by leaders of the Federal Reserve, the Congressional Budget Office, private forecasters and many in academia — was that the United States economy was at, or close to, full employment.

In January 2017, for example, nearly three years ago, the Congressional Budget Office forecast a 4.7 percent unemployment rate as far as the eye could see, and it projected that the United States labor force would consist of 163.3 million in 2019. The jobless rate has averaged less than 3.7 percent through the first 11 months of the year, and the labor force now stands at 164.4 million people.

The Federal Reserve likewise was too pessimistic about the potential of American workers; in projections three years ago, the consensus view of its leaders was that the unemployment rate would average 4.5 percent in the final months of 2019. If that forecast had materialized, 1.6 million more Americans would currently be unemployed than actually are.

They also expected their target interest rate to be around 2.9 percent — reflecting rate increases they believed would be needed to head off inflation. Instead, that interest rate is around 1.6 percent, and you have to squint to see signs of inflation.

If you go back even further, to the late Obama years, there was an even more pessimistic tone about the outlook for American workers embedded in the fine print of both public and private-sector forecasts.

If we knew then what we know now, it would have had big implications for what seemed like sensible policy. The United States probably didn’t need to reduce budget deficits the way it did between 2013 and 2016, now that we know how much untapped growth potential there was. The Fed probably didn’t need to raise rates as quickly or as much as it did.

There are clear signs that Fed leaders are starting to internalize these lessons, and are now more open-minded to letting the economy run and seeing just how many people can be put to work and how much wages can rise before it causes inflation or other problems.

And markets seem to be getting that message. For years, whenever there has been a strong jobs report like the one issued Friday, markets viewed it as hawkish for monetary policy — as tilting the balance toward more interest rate increases. But this time, analysts and financial markets seemed to take the big-time job growth numbers in stride, given that they weren’t accompanied by any signs of ill effects from the low unemployment rate and strong growth.

People often say that this expansion, now in its 11th year, is growing long in the tooth, or that we are late in the economic cycle. And maybe that’s right. But the biggest lesson when you contrast where the labor market stands at the end of 2019, versus where smart people thought it would stand just a few years ago, is that there’s a lot we don’t know about just what is possible and how strong the United States economy can get.

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Bloomberg Says 2020 Rivals Criticizing His Fortune Could Have Made Their Own

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Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday brushed back critiques about his wealth and bristled at the suggestion that he was using it to buy success in the 2020 presidential race, arguing that other Democrats who have complained about his entry into their party’s primary could have taken it upon themselves to earn their own personal fortunes, as he had done.

In an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Mr. Bloomberg’s first since he announced his presidential campaign, the billionaire and former mayor of New York City rejected the idea that he had an unfair advantage, saying that while other candidates asked donors for money to help their campaigns, he had made his money himself and then given most of it away.

“I turn and they’re criticizing me for it,” he said. “They had a chance to go out and make a lot of money. And how much of their own money do they put into their campaigns?”

“I’m doing exactly the same thing they’re doing, except that I am using my own money,” he added. “They’re using somebody else’s money and those other people expect something from them. Nobody gives you money if they don’t expect something. And I don’t want to be bought.”

The interview with Mr. Bloomberg, 77, covered a wide range of topics, including the candidate’s recent apology for having defended so called stop-and-frisk policing as mayor of New York. Asked about the timing of his about-face, Mr. Bloomberg asserted that “nobody asked me about it until I started running for president.”

And discussing his reasons for entering the race, he said he worried that if other Democrats faced off against President Trump in a general election, Mr. Trump would “eat ’em up’’ — before amending his answer and saying he thought he had the best chance of winning. And asked whether his longtime companion, Diana Taylor, would be a “de facto” first lady, he said he had been living with Ms. Taylor for 19 years, which would not change if he became president.

In addressing his wealth and the way he has deployed it to help him play catch-up after his late entry into the race, Mr. Bloomberg confronted the central critique of his candidacy that his Democratic rivals have deployed early on: that he is seeking to “buy” the election and the presidency. Mr. Bloomberg, who built a successful financial information and media company, spent more than $30 million on his first week of advertising as a candidate last month — far more than the entire rest of the Democratic field spent that week.

For months, progressive candidates like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have criticized billionaires, saying the rich have not paid their fair share in taxes and proposing a tax on wealth to help pay for the wide-ranging government programs they have pledged to install if elected.

Ms. Warren and Mr. Sanders, two of the leading candidates in the race, have shunned high-dollar fund-raising events, instead fueling their campaigns through smaller contributions from grass-roots supporters and making the argument that such a strategy prevents them from being influenced by wealthy donors.

Ms. Warren took aim at another top-tier candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., on Thursday night, calling on him to open his fund-raising events to the news media. Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the leader in national polling of the primary contest, has allowed members of the news media to attend his private fund-raisers.

In his interview, Mr. Bloomberg said he did not come from money and noted that his “father made $6,000 the best year of his life.”

“Nobody gave me a head start,” he said.

Still, the power of money in elections has been on full display in the 2020 race, as candidates have scrambled to meeting donation and polling thresholds in order to qualify for the Democratic National Committee’s televised debates. Another billionaire, Tom Steyer, got into the race relatively late but has spent millions of dollars of his own money on advertising and other resources that have helped him become one of just six people in a 15-person field to qualify for the debate this month.

The surprise departure this week of Senator Kamala Harris of California from the race has forced the Democratic Party to grapple with the possibility of having only white candidates on the stage in Los Angeles and prompted some candidates of color — like Senator Cory Booker and the former housing secretary Julián Castro — to sound an alarm about the diversity of the field.

Asked about his own level of concern on that topic, Mr. Bloomberg said “lots of people can enter.”

“If you wanted to enter and run for president of the United States, you could have done that. But don’t complain to me that you’re not in the race. It was up to you,” he said. “I thought there was a lot of diversity in the group of Democratic aspirants. Entry is not a barrier.”

He also told his interviewer, Gayle King of CBS, that he had been drawn into the race because he had watched the other Democratic candidates in the large field and thought to himself: “Donald Trump would eat ’em up” — a comment he walked back moments later.

“Let me rephrase it,” he said. “I think that I would do the best job of competing with him and beating him.”

The interview aired one day after Mr. Bloomberg released a sweeping plan on gun control, putting an issue on which he has a long record at the center of his emerging candidacy. He said Friday that the National Rifle Association, whose leadership has been in turmoil, “has basically been beaten.”

“You don’t have to go talk to them at all,” he said.

Mr. Bloomberg’s gun-control plan, which calls for a national gun licensing system and stricter background checks, among a host of other measures, represents some of the most left-leaning views of a candidate who is something of an ideological moderate. Mr. Bloomberg described himself in the interview as “a social liberal, fiscal moderate, who is basically nonpartisan.”

Mr. Bloomberg, who was elected mayor first as a Republican and then as an independent, and who registered as a Democrat more recently, has also given millions of dollars to Republicans who he felt shared his goals.

He delivered a speech just before kicking off his campaign in which he apologized for the controversial stop-and-frisk policing tactics that he defended as mayor.

In the interview, Ms. King pressed him on his assertion that “nobody” had asked him about his position on the tactics until he began his presidential run. He responded by once again expressing remorse.

“I’m sorry. I apologize,” he said. “Let’s go fight the N.R.A.”

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This isn’t a partisan hit job; Trump deserves to be impeached

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You know that. I know that. Any sane rational person who had read pretty much anything objective will come to that same conclusion. The issue isn’t the people who loves freedom, and self-determination. The issue is there are quite a few people out there who wouldn’t give a damn what Trump does because he is their man.

I mean, we have >50% of Republicans saying Trump is a better president than Lincoln. Better than fucking Abe Lincoln (and not the vampire slayer version either). Then of course there’re the “swamp” people, like Moscow Mitch and Dairy Cow Nunes, who appear to be implicated in the Russian conspiracy, and are therefore trying their damndest to shut this down. Finally, there’s Fox “news”. Without taking a significant and critical amount of these out, you can have Jesus float down from the sky and say Trump must be impeached and still face resistance.

What we need, ladies and gentlemen, is another revolution. Judging from history, and looking at the wealth divide, it does appear to be time. The question is, how and when will it start?

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Adam Schiff: President Trump ‘Doesn’t Give a Sh*t’ About What’s Good for America

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Airbnb officially bans ‘party houses,’ reveals new safety guidelines 2 months after deadly Halloween shooting

Airbnb has officially banned party houses on the platform. The move comes two months after a deadly shooting at a Halloween party hosted at a rental home.

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The party ban is one of several plans the home-sharing company has announced as part of its new safety directive aimed at better protecting hosts and guests. According to the new guidelines, Airbnb has shared that it is banning “all ‘open-invite’ parties and events,” as well as “large parties and events…in multi-family residences.”

Though the company shared on its site that it was not “prohibiting authorized parties and events” that are sanctioned by “boutique hotels and professional event venues – that may set their own rules on open-invite parties.”

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According to the new guidelines, Airbnb has shared that it is banning “all ‘open-invite’ parties and events,” as well as “large parties and events…in multi-family residences.” (iStock)

The new “Guest Standards create a clear and actionable enforcement framework” for Airbnb to deal with complaints such as excessive noise, unauthorized guests and cleanliness concerns among other issues.

If a guest or host is found to have violated the new standards, which will roll out in 2020, they will face a warning and “required education on Airbnb rules.” Further violations can possibly result in “account suspension or removal.”

Another added safety regulation will be a dedicated line of communication for mayors and city officials to reach out to Airbnb. In the coming months, the company plans to also add a 24/7 Neighbor Hotline for guests to get into contact with an Airbnb employee, Tech Crunch reports.

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The announcement comes a month after Brian Chesky, Airbnb CEO and Head of Community, shared an email with all employees stating all Airbnb properties would start verifying accuracy of property addresses, photos, cleanliness, safety and amenities listed in the description.

However, Mike Lux, president of American Family Voices and AirbnbWatch, a nonprofit organization committed to “exposing operators who use sites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels in residential properties,” feels the rental company’s commitment is inadequate.

In a statement to Fox News, Lux calls Chesky’s comments “hollow promises that will do nothing to improve the safety for guests staying at Airbnbs nor neighbors living next to them.”

In recent months Airbnb has dealt with several safety issues at properties listed on its site. According to a San Francisco Chronicle article, 42 people have been shot – and 17 have been killed – in the last six months at short-term rental properties in the United States. On its site, Airbnb has said between August 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019, only “0.05 percent of trips on Airbnb had a safety-related issue reported by a host or guest and 0.03 percent of trips on Airbnb had a significant claim paid out under our Host Guarantee.”

Chesky initially announced the company’s plan to ban party houses after a shooting at an Orinda, Calif., Airbnb rental left five people dead. The shooting happened during a party at the four-bedroom Airbnb, where at least 100 people had reportedly attended.

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More recently, another Airbnb host returned to her home in Georgia after renting it on the platform to find it ransacked. According to the host, the guest stole wall-mounted TVs, as well as priceless items and family heirlooms from the property.

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Grisham: Professor’s remark about Barron Trump was ‘beyond the pale’

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham called out Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan Thursday for invoking Barron Trump during this week’s impeachment hearing, saying that the child of any administration official should be off-limits.

“The fact that after that professor said that, the room erupted in laughter, it was just — it was beyond the pale. It was really unfortunate,” Grisham told “Hannity.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for articles of impeachment against President Trump on Thursday, one day after Karlan and two other law professors made the case for it.

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First lady Melania Trump said Karlan “should be ashamed” for invoking her 13-year-old son’s name as the butt of a joke during the testimony. Karlan used Barron Trump’s name to illustrate her point that Trump can’t rule like a king.

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“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan said in the committee room, prompting chuckles across the room.

She later apologized and said she regretted the remark, though she added that Trump should “apologize for the things that he’s done that’s wrong.”

Grisham said that following an “embarrassing” impeachment hearing, she thought Pelosi would admit that the House Democrats made a mistake and would move on to working on passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal.

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“The American people see what they are doing when they are going down the road of attacking a 13-year-old child and attacking the first lady,” Grisham said.

“They are desperate right now.”

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Strong November Jobs Report Counters Anxieties Over Weakening Economy

■ The unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from the previous month.

■ Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent, with a year-over-year gain of 3.1 percent.

The return of tens of thousands of striking workers to their jobs at General Motors helped supercharge hiring totals last month.

The reassuring jobs report, released Friday morning by the Labor Department, offered a counterpoint to renewed anxieties about an escalating trade war and a weakening global economy.

“I think that this report is a real blockbuster; payrolls smashed expectations,” said Daniel Zhao, senior economist at the career site Glassdoor.

Another 41,000 jobs were added to September and October’s employment totals after revisions. A broader measure of unemployment, which includes part-timers who would prefer full-time jobs and people who are too discouraged to look for work, inched down to 6.9 percent.

Stocks rose following the report, with the S&P 500 up by more than 0.8 percent in early trading.

The health of the manufacturing sector has been somewhat clouded by the 40-day G.M. strike this fall and disruption in the aerospace industry stemming from the crash of two Boeing airplanes. Friday’s report showed a gain of 54,000 jobs in that sector, reversing last month’s losses, but it did not signal a significant upturn.

“Manufacturing is still flat after you pull out the returning strike numbers,” Mr. Zhao said. “It’s still suffering from headwinds from the trade war, but at least it’s not worsening.”

Average monthly payroll gains for the past three months reached 205,000, a hefty number for the 11th year of an economic expansion.

Mr. Zhao noted that given the record-low jobless rate, wage growth over all remained stubbornly slow, and has decelerated this year.

The overall employment picture was impressive, said Diane Swonk, chief economist for the accounting firm Grant Thornton, but manufacturing was lagging compared to a strong service sector.

“We’re getting a lot of the gains in leisure, hospitality and health care,” she said, adding that the additions in professional services indicated more hiring of college graduates, which had softened slightly over the summer.

In a newsletter this week, David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, compared recent hiring to squeezing one more glob of toothpaste out of a seemingly empty tube. “Over the last few years,” he said, “an apparently fully tapped-out labor market has yielded a surprising number of new workers.”

The buffet of available job postings has drawn many Americans back to work. Employers have widened their scope, recruiting people with disabilities or criminal records. Older baby boomers are working past retirement age and stay-at-home parents are switching to paid employment.

The labor force participation rate inched up through most of the spring and fall, driven in part by an increase in women 25 to 34 getting jobs or starting to look for work. Over the last year, nearly 1.7 million people joined the ranks of workers.

Mr. Kelly does not expect the historically low unemployment rates to fall much more. “Gains in employment going forward will have to come from an increase in the labor force,” he wrote.

Economists are engaged in a vigorous debate about how tight the labor market is and how many more people are available to work. Mr. Trump’s more restrictive immigration policies have significantly shrunk the supply of foreigners who could come to work in the United States.

Employment agencies say they are often unable to find candidates to fill the jobs that are open. “At every level of employment, it’s been super tight,” said Yvonne Rockwell, owner of an Express Employment Professionals agency in Santa Clarita, Calif. “I truly believe that anybody who wants to work is working.”

Southern California has a lot of aerospace companies, and Ms. Rockwell focuses on skilled trades and higher-level positions. “This is our best year ever,” said Ms. Rockwell, who opened her franchise five years ago.

The competition for workers has helped push up wages, particularly at the lower end of the scale.

And Amazon’s decision last year to raise its minimum wage to $15 across the country has turned up the pressure in some places.

“Everyone is struggling now to keep up with Amazon,” said John Dickey, who owns two Express Employment agencies in Massachusetts.

One company he works with, a light manufacturer in the chemical and food industry, is looking to hire 30 people for jobs that pay $14 to $15 an hour. “This company does drug tests and background tests, and it requires 12 hours on your feet,” he said. “And you need to be able to speak and communicate in English.”

Employers routinely complain about their inability to find reliable workers, but Mr. Dickey acknowledged that many of the available jobs could be less than desirable.

“These can be pretty rough working conditions,” he said, pointing to the food industry, where people can spend a lot of time in refrigerated warehouses or near industrial ovens. “It’s cold, it’s hot, it’s wet, the floors are slippery, so there tends to be a fair amount of turnover,” he said.

The clamor for more workers may make it easier for people who want to turn temporary holiday jobs into permanent ones. Historically, about 4 percent to 7 percent of seasonal workers are hired, said Amy Glaser, senior vice president of the staffing firm Adecco. This year, she expects that 20 percent could be retained after the new year.

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Despite the low unemployment rate, stable, secure jobs that pay a middle-income wage can be hard to find across a range of skills.

Alan Kirshner worked as a budget analyst at Bristol Myers Squibb in New Jersey for 18 years before a restructuring eliminated his job in 2015.

“My goal was to find something more permanent like I had in the past,” he said, “but those opportunities were much more limited.” Companies have used technology to reduce staffing, shifted full-time workers to contracts and often moved the better-paying jobs out of the country or to lower-cost areas in the United States.

Mr. Kirschner is now a career coach — a business that he controls, but that offers no steady income or benefits.

Researchers have often documented bias against workers over 50 and minorities, especially African-American women.

The job market can differ radically from one place to another, with a 1.6 percent jobless rate in Fargo, N.D., 4.2 percent in Binghamton, N.Y., and 6.1 percent in Bakersfield, Calif.

Large urban centers tend to gulp much of the gains, said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at the online employment company ZipRecruiter.

Holiday hiring plunged among traditional retailers, according to ZipRecruiter’s listings, with rural and suburban areas hit particularly hard. And a much larger share of temporary holiday job postings are in e-commerce compared to in stores, she said.

President Trump stoked trade tensions this week by imposing new tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, suggesting that the feud with China could continue for another year and threatening European allies with import taxes.

The White House’s unpredictable trade policy has unsettled businesses and cramped investment. They have also helped heighten concerns about a faltering manufacturing sector.

“When you look globally, there are some tentative signs that the global manufacturing slowdown is bottoming out,” Michael Gapen, chief United States economist for Barclays, said. “But it may take the U.S. manufacturing sector a little longer than the rest of the world to stabilize.”

“We still don’t have a Phase 1 agreement,” he said, referring to the promised first edition of a comprehensive trade accord with China. “And private sector spending in the U.S. is moderate at best.”

A trade agreement with China would, of course, be welcome, but Mr. Gapen said that at this point, he did not expect that it would help lift growth. “It’s more of a going back to the beginning,” he said, noting that in the end, China is likely to commit to agricultural purchases that it might have made earlier without tariffs.

The government will revise its November estimates two more times, and its October estimate once more.

“We have seen some moderation in jobs gains, which you would expect,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief United States economist at High Frequency Economics. But the average monthly increases to date, the low jobless rate and the growing share of adults joining the work force all point to a strong foundation, she said. “I think the labor market over all is looking pretty healthy.”

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Limbaugh on impeachment, jobs report: Trump has achieved ‘peace and prosperity,’ Dems have nothing but ‘hatred’

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House Democrats don’t care about the needs of the American people because their hatred for President Trump is blinding, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade, Limbaugh said that Democrats have “sacrificed every bit of concern for the American people” in their efforts to impeach the president.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats will proceed with articles of impeachment against President Trump, declaring that the president’s conduct “leaves us no choice but to act.”

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Her announcement comes after a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday featuring four law professors — most of them notably Democrat-invited witnesses who presented arguments for impeachment.

Pelosi claimed the facts are now “uncontested” that Trump “abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security” by allegedly using aid as leverage to seek an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter from Ukraine.

However, the Trump administration and Republicans say the president did nothing wrong.

Trump accused Democrats of trying to impeach him over “NOTHING” and warned that this impeachment could set a dangerous precedent in the future. Limbaugh said Democrats are motivated by one thing — hatred of Trump.

“Democrats are wandering aimlessly and being propelled by one thing, you guys. You’re watching it. You watched it with the three so-called expert witnesses. We are watching pure, raw, hatred. They hate the man and they hate the people who elected him. They hate him because he beat them,” Limbaugh explained.

He told the “Friends” hosts that Democrats have “not a shred of evidence for any allegation they have made for three-and-a-half, going on four years” and that Pelosi and her leadership are “almost sickeningly absorbed with destroying Donald Trump.”

“Meanwhile, Trump keeps plugging away. The economy is roaring, its future looks great, wages are up, Trump’s job approval numbers are up…The Democrat Party does not care about the things the American people [care] about,” he said.

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the United States added a staggering 266,000 jobs in November with unemployment down to 3.5 percent — a 50-year low.

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Limbaugh cited stalling legislation including passing the United States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA) and lowering prescription drug prices as further evidence that Democrats are not working on behalf of the American people.

“They have abandoned any pretense of any care or concern of what the American people want,” he said. “After Trump wins 2020, they’ll keep going like he’s John Gotti. So people better get ready for this because this isn’t going to end because the Democrats are nothing but pure raw hatred.”

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