First Read Flash: Economic status quo?

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People wait in line outside an American Apparel store December 4, 2008 in New York City.
People wait in line outside an American Apparel store December 4, 2008 in New York City.
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Jobs uptick. A slightly better than expected jobs reports out this Friday, with the U.S. adding 175,000 jobs this month, with the labor force growing. But the unemployment rate had a slight uptick, to 7.6%. Jobs numbers were revised from the past few months, with March numbers revised up, from 138,000 to 142,000, but April was revised down, from 165,000 to 149,000.

Google this. “U.S. intelligence agencies have a direct tap into the servers of the U.S.’s largest Internet companies where agents can troll for suspicious activity, sources confirmed to NBC News on Thursday. The highly classified program, designed to look at international communications and run by the National Security Agency and the FBI, can peek at video, audio, photos, emails and other documents, including connection logs that let the government track people, according to the sources, who spoke with NBC News on condition of anonymity.”

‘All in’ in the Bay State. Democrats aren’t taking any chances in the Massachusetts special election, with outside groups jumping in ahead of the June 25 contest between Democratic Rep. Ed Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez. The DSCC will spend at least $750,000 on ads, while Majority PAC will spend at least a half-million. Watch their ad here. Polling has shown Markey with a high single digit lead to take Secretary of State John Kerry’s seat in the Senate.

First Read Flash: Economic status quo?

Updated