FIX NOT FIGHT: “Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called House Republicans’ refusal to allow a vote on extending unemployment benefits ‘unconscionable' and ‘immoral,'” writes David Eldridge. Instead of fighting, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle should create shared goals: David Eldridge for Roll Call: Pelosi: Republican Inaction on Unemployment Extension ‘Immoral’
JOB GROWTH: “New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter. Coming on the heels of fairly bullish data on retail sales and industrial production, Thursday's reports also hinted job growth may be picking up slightly,” writes Lucia Mutikani: Lucia Mutikani for Reuters: Jobless claims, factory data put some shine on economy
DIPLOMATIC AGREEMENT: “Representatives from the U.S., Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union have reached an agreement about ongoing tensions after seven hours of negotiations in Geneva,” writes Marina Koren. The agreement states that all sides must refrain from violence, intimidation and provocation and illegally armed groups in Ukraine have to give up their weapons, among other things: Marina Koren for National Journal: The U.S. and Russia Are Now Actually Agreeing on Something in Ukraine
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STAT OF THE DAY: President Barack Obama announced that eight million people have signed up for ObamaCare plans: Elise Viebeck and Justin Sink for The Hill: Obama tells Dems to ‘be proud’ as ObamaCare enrollments reach 8 million