The Morning Dispatch: Mayor Pete as Frontrunner
Happy Monday! Good morning from New Hampshire, where the forces of primary-week supply and demand have led to Declan staying in a hotel where everything is sticky or smells like cigarettes, but, at least for now, The Morning Dispatch remains bedbug-free.
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
The U.S. economy added a stronger-than-expected 225,000 jobs in January, with the unemployment rate inching up to 3.6 percent from last month’s 50-year low of 3.5 percent.
The Iowa Democratic Party has belatedly declared Pete Buttigieg the winner of last week’s caucuses, winning 14 total delegates to Bernie Sanders’ 12 and Elizabeth Warren’s 8—though a remaining pile of reporting irregularities have led many media organizations to declare the race still too close to call. Both the national Democratic party and the Sanders campaign have called for a recanvass in which authorities would double-check caucus counts to ensure they were tabulated correctly.
Two American soldiers were killed and six wounded in Afghanistan on Saturday in an apparent “green-on-blue” attack: the attacker was someone wearing an Afghan military uniform.