How to 'Welcome' a Blockbuster Jobs Report Without Really Trying

How Republicans greeted the latest data on employment in the United States.
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The first Friday of the month is another one of those Washington traditions: The Bureau of Labor Statistics brings in some prominent business journalists, locks them in a room, and hands them a press release summarizing the nation's economic situation. While they write, with their Wi-Fi turned off, politicians and government spokesmen eagerly await the news, preparing to spin the data-packed news to their party's advantage.

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