Non-Olympic news

The Wall Street Journal takes us to the middle of the Jobs Friday action Live From New York! The paper writes: “Jobs report shows that growth in the labor market has slowed over the past few months.” Steven Russolillo there explained, “Economy added 154,000 jobs a month over past three months, down from 194,000 a month in 2013.”

For other economy news, turn to Quartz who put together a chart showing How many hours of minimum wage work it takes to earn a beer for 91 countries. Most impressive. Gloria Dawson there wondered, “But how many for a craft cold one?” Keith Wagstaff with NBC News named the whole thing “Boozenomics.”

While new venture First Look Media figures itself out (note: they are now listed in Muck Rack’s outlet rundown so it’s offish), Glenn Greenwald is back on the Snowden beat, this time for NBC News. He reveals: Snowden Docs: British Spies Used Sex and 'Dirty Tricks'. Justin Miller at Daily Beast wasn’t so impressed: “Spies use spy tricks. More at 11.”

For another piece of non-Olympic news, CNN reports that Biden’s presidential decision will come next summer. Brian Stelter there tweeted: “Biden to CNN's @KateBolduan: ‘There's no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run’ for president in 2016.” Colleague Zach Wolf added, “Interesting gender decision by @VP on @CNN “That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it…” We gather Bergen Record’s Frank Scandale wasn’t so interested cause he tweeted: “zzzzz.”

Not on the Olympics beat, Joe Pompeo at Capital New York had some time to browse through the transcript from an internal AOL call and caught CEO Tim Armstrong saying something along the lines of: Two 'distressed babies' figured in 401(k) roll-back. Basically, he’s saying  two women who had difficult, expensive pregnancies should be blamed for AOL’s benefit cuts. Sandra Block with Kiplinger's Personal Finance explained, “AOL blames Obamacare, ‘distressed’ babies for change in 401k match. It's not going over well.” BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel pointed out, “lol tim armstrong i mean how much did you spend on Patch??!” Michael Roston at the New York Times had a beautiful thought: “Wouldn't it be great if you bought health insurance like car insurance b/c it had nothing to do with your job?”

Let’s take you into the weekend with Miriam Elder’s piece for BuzzFeed: What Does Pussy Riot Mean Now. Rosie Gray there urged, “Please read @MiriamElder's amazing piece on Pussy Riot -- she knows this topic better than any other reporter.” Colleague Matthew Zeitlin shared the sentiment, “@MiriamElder 's piece on Pussy Riot is so good I missed my stop and now I'm late for work.” And for a non-staff endorsement, Carlo Munoz, a National Security Writer, wrote, “Great work by @MiriamElder on Pussy Riot's journey & example of how rotten Russia has become.”

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