A new Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report will be out today at 8:30 AM. My guess is that we'll see a strong number consistent with an accelerating recovery story. I'll go with 285,000 as my point estimate. I reviewed most of the data points that lead to that forecast a week ago, but I would add Heidi Shierolz's point that aggregate hours worked are near their pre-recession level, so firms have less room to squeeze output without adding jobs.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.