What We’re Following
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: The February jobs report is out, and the numbers look good: The U.S. economy continued to grow last month. Even President Trump, who claimed in the past that positive stats were false, is now optimistic—a worrying reversal, since it shows he’s willing to turn the accuracy of official data into a political battle. The success of his family’s businesses since he took office can’t hurt his outlook—but on a broader scale, can America’s streak of economic growth last? Economists consider whether the U.S. is headed for a recession.
Auto Race: One change the economy will see in the coming decades is an increase in automated labor—and a corresponding loss of human jobs. Near Detroit, community colleges are looking to get ahead of that shift by training students in critical thinking as well as technical skills. How soon will our automated future arrive? When it comes to self-driving cars, at least, the tech industry’s biggest players are locked in a high-speed, high-stakes race to bring their products to the public. Here’s what to know about their efforts—and how they could change the world.
Trump’s Advisers: A month after Michael Flynn was forced to resign as National Security Adviser, it’s looking more and more like he never should have been appointed at all: Flynn lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government. And while the White House story shifted on whether the transition team was aware of the Turkish connection, the whole affair raises questions about the team’s competence and the president’s judgment. Trump’s other choices have worked out better, with the retired generals in his Cabinet becoming an important voice for liberal democracy—but making military officers into political actors has its risks.