Today in One Paragraph
The U.S. Labor Department released a disappointing May jobs report. President Obama commuted the sentences of 42 inmates. Search and rescue teams are looking for survivors from a fatal Army truck crash in Texas as a result of the rising flood waters. Chicago officials released a trove of information, including police dashcam footage, on incidents of police violence against civilians. And Donald Trump was rebuked by members of his party for suggesting a judge shouldn’t oversee a trial due to his ethnicity.
A Weak Jobs Report. The Labor Department announced that the economy added 38,000 jobs in May, falling short of predictions and likely affecting the Federal Reserve’s decision on whether to raise interest rates this summer. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent. (Jeff Cox, CNBC)
Obama Grants Clemency. President Obama commuted the sentences of 42 prisoners, nearly half of them sentenced to life. They will be released between October of this year and June 2017. The commutations bring the president’s total to 348, more than the preceding seven presidents combined. (Jordan Fabian,The Hill)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek. Search and rescue teams are still looking for four service members who went missing on Thursday when a truck overturned after being caught in the flooded stream near Fort Hood, in Texas. “Due to the quick action of some other Soldiers that were training, we were able to rescue three Soldiers who are in stable condition at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and will potentially be released later today,” said Major General John Uberti in a statement. (Alexander Smith and Erik Ortiz, NBC News)