Today in One Paragraph
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said a brokered convention would be “highly unlikely” during the Conservative Political Action Conference. Ben Carson formally suspended his presidential campaign. And Donald Trump, who was scheduled to speak at the conference this weekend, canceled his appearance.The U.S. Labor Department announced that the economy added 242,000 jobs in February. Researchers took a step forward in identifying a possible link between the Zika virus and microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with small heads. And former Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb said he wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she became the nominee.
Brokered Convention ‘Highly Unlikely.’ Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said there is an 85 to 90 percent chance there won’t be a contested convention when asked onstage at CPAC what he thought about the likelihood of a shake-up on the Republican side. Priebus said a situation where a candidate doesn’t have a clear majority of delegates when it’s time for the nomination is “extremely hypothetical." (Nick Gass, Politico)
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. The economy added 242,000 jobs in the month of February and maintained a steady unemployment rate of 4.9 percent, according to new figures from the U.S. Labor Department. President Obama touted the data, saying “There seems to be an alternative reality out there, from some of the political folks, that America’s down in the dumps.” (Wall Street Journal; USA Today)