What We're Following This Morning

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Jobs numbers: Will last month’s jobs numbers match December’s stellar data? Chances are slim. Reuters said economists expect about 190,000 jobs were created in January, but, the news service added, the comparatively modest number would likely be offset by a rebound in wages and a steady jobless rate. Update: The economy added 151,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent, its lowest level in eight years. You can read the report here.

A ruling on Julian Assange’s detention: A U.N. panel says the Wikileaks founder’s detention is arbitrary. The panel’s determination isn’t legally binding, but, as we reported Thursday, Assange’s attorney said Thursday it had moral force. Britain has rejected the ruling. Update: More here

Circumflex optional: French textbook publishers will reportedly stop using the circumflex (ˆ) in line with an order from 1990 by the Academie Francaise, the guardians of the language, to make the diacritical sign and certain spellings optional. In all, about 2,000 words are affected, news reports say. The reaction in France: “Non, non, non!”

Last night’s Democratic presidential debate: David likened it to a contest between a hedgehog and a fox. Sanders, the hedgehog, “doggedly pursued his one big idea about reforming American politics, while … Clinton detailed her many proposals for change.”

More news from last night here.