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When all the news that fits is Trump. Great reporting is how the “failing” New York Times has answered (and benefited mightily) from the president’s attacks. But the paper’s former executive editor warns of the pitfalls of the Trump bump. Cjr

Trump Administration Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate. One new rule offers an exemption to any employer or insurer that objects to covering contraceptive services “based on its sincerely held religious beliefs.” Not mentioned was sincerely held almost religious belief in paying less for workers. NYTimes

Yet Another Russian Hack of the NSA — This Time with Kaspersky’s Help Bruce schneier

U.S. Lost 33,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Rate Dips to 4.2%

For some workers, those jobs have limited appeal. The share of adults who are in the work force remains at historic lows, and many workers who dropped out or failed to find an entry point during the recession are still on the sidelines. At this point, much of the decline in labor force participation rates can be attributed to baby boomers who are retiring and younger workers who are staying in school to get more skills, said Alan B. Krueger, an economist at Princeton University. More troubling are the numbers of people in their prime working ages — 25 to 54 — who are out of the work force.

About half of the men in that age group take pain medication daily, Mr. Krueger said. And the places with the highest level of opioid prescriptions are also the ones where participation has fallen the most. Mr. Krueger blames the opioid epidemic for about 20 percent of the decline in the men’s participation rate.

Betsey Stevenson, an economist at the University of Michigan and a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, noted that this group’s involvement in the labor force had dropped in 2017.

“Trump promised to get these guys back to work,” she said. “Since he took office, prime-age male labor force participation has fallen by half a percentage point.” NYTimes

KnockKnock campaign targets Office 365 corporate email accounts. Targeting almost only non-human accounts help net security

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