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Why You Can Go Ahead and Ignore Tomorrow’s Jobs Report—THE EDGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded that Ukraine move its troops out of its southeastern region, which the White House called "preposterous." The final report on Obamacare sign-ups shows a major surge in March and April, but drastic differences in success among states. A White House report on data privacy called for new laws disclosing company's data-security breaches. Girls have been better students than boys for at least a century, and tomorrow's jobs report won't be nearly as important as you think.

 

TOP NEWS

PUTIN DEMANDS UKRAINE MOVE TROOPS OUT OF SOUTHEAST: Putin reportedly told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine must remove its troops from its southeastern region, where the government has essentially lost all control. Merkel pushed Putin to secure the release of seven international observers taken hostage by pro-Russian separatists. Press secretary Jay Carney called Putin's request "preposterous." (Birnbaum/Denyer, NYT)

OBAMACARE REPORT SHOWS LATE SURGE: Nearly 3.8 million people enrolled for health insurance plans in March and April, according to the final numbers on the enrollment period from Health and Human Services. (Elise Viebeck, The Hill)

WHICH STATES HAD THE MOST ENROLLMENTS?: Eighty-five percent of eligible residents in Vermont signed up for coverage. In South Dakota, only 11 percent did. (Baker/Novack, NJ)

 

WHITE HOUSE 'BIG DATA' REPORT CALLS FOR UPDATED LAWS: Officials recommended turning Obama's "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" into federal law, and creating a law requiring disclosure of security breaches. (Kate Tummarello, The Hill)

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel will participate in a 1:45 p.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce discussion on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The Labor Department will release its April jobs report. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at 11:45 a.m. at the Motion Picture Association of America's creativity conference at the Newseum. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will speak at 9:15 a.m. about early education at the Committee for Economic Development's spring policy conference.

TOP LINES

WHY THE JOBS REPORT IS SORT OF MEANINGLESS: The economy doesn't actually add that many jobs in any given months, so when there's a statistical error, a normal month ends up looking far better or worse. (Irwin/Quealy, NYT)

PROOF THAT GIRLS ARE BETTER STUDENTS: An analysis of a century of data shows that boys do, indeed, go to Jupiter to get more stupider. (Brian Resnick, NJ)

 

THE WHITE HOUSE IS WATCHING YOU ON TWITTER: The Obama administration keeps a close eye on reporters' tweets, which is a new practice on its face but follows a political tradition of monitoring coverage. (Olivier Knox, Yahoo News)

HOW SACRAMENTO'S ALL-STAR MAYOR HELPED OUST DONALD STERLING: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who was an all-star player for the Phoenix Suns, played nearly as big a role as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in the league's reaction to Donald Sterling. (Matt Berman, NJ)

55 COLLEGES FACE FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT: Dozens of schools, of practically all sizes and reputations, are being investigated for mishandling sexual-assault cases. Here's the full list. (Dustin Volz, NJ)

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TOP READ

THE FBI'S THREATS TO POTENTIAL INFORMANTS: Secret recordings show how persuasive the FBI can be when trying to recruit a counterterrorism informant: "I'm telling you, you might get hit by a car—that is not a threat. That is a solid piece of advice. But you don't want to take it." (Nick Baumann, Mother Jones)

TOP VIEWS

GRAPHING RACISM: The overall number of white people who say they wouldn't vote for a black presidential candidate has gone down since the 1970s, but Democrats seem to have become much less racist in the last two decades. (Silver/McCann, FiveThirtyEight)

LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES IN UNDER 3 MINUTES: Jon Stewart wonders why anyone is surprised at Michael Grimm's indictment. (Mauro Whiteman, NJ)

DON'T MISS TODAY'S TOP STORIES

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy , Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

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