Daily Clips: May 18, 2017

US jobless claims fall

New applications for U.S. jobless benefits unexpectedly fell last week and the number of Americans on unemployment rolls tumbled to a 28-1/2-year low, pointing to rapidly shrinking labor market slack.

Trump to propose scrapping beleaguered student loan forgiveness program

Household debt in USA surpasses its peak reached during the recession in 2008

The best replacement for Obamacare is Medicaid

The poor die younger

The investigator America needs

Even before the stunning events of the past week, Mr. Mueller would have had plenty to work with. But after the president’s abrupt firing of Mr. Comey on May 9 — followed by his apparent admission that he did so with the Russia investigation in mind, followed by reports that he previously pressed Mr. Comey to pledge his loyalty and asked him to drop a related inquiry into Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser — it became clear that the investigation needed to be kept alive at all costs, and as far from Mr. Trump as possible.

Nick Cassella

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