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News Wrap: Labor report shows economy added 199,000 jobs, unemployment drops to 3.7%



Geoff Bennett:

In the day’s other headlines: The latest jobs report out today shows the U.S. economy is still holding its own without sliding into recession.

The Labor Department reported employers added a net 199,000 employees in November, helped by the end of the autoworkers and actors strikes. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent in October. Unemployment has now been under 4 percent for nearly two years, the longest stretch since the late 1960s.

A federal appeals court largely upheld a gag order on former President Trump today in his 2020 election interference case. The ruling backed a ban on attacking court staff and potential witnesses. It said “incendiary comments pose a significant and imminent threat to the criminal trial process in this case.”

The court did allow criticism of Jack Smith, the special counsel who brought the case. Mr. Trump could still appeal to the Supreme Court.

A pregnant woman in Kentucky is challenging the states near-total ban on abortions. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed suit today, arguing the ban violates the state constitution. The state Supreme Court had already barred doctors from suing on behalf of patients. And the American Civil Liberties Union says this suit meets that standard.

Amber Duke, Executive Director, ACLU of Kentucky: Jane Doe has courageously stepped forward as a directly impacted pregnant Kentuckian to challenge these abortion bans and try to restore abortion access in the commonwealth.

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