China is once again expressing interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and President Obama has signaled that he would entertain the idea of Chinese participation in the bloc.

Federal unemployment ended Saturday, so now some 1.3 million people won’t be getting their $1,166 (on average) monthly check. By June, another 1.9 million will be cut off.

The Washington Post, one of the premier mouthpieces for the establishment, is facing a tsunami of criticism and calls for full disclosure after the newspaper’s new owner, Amazon CEO and Bilderberg luminary Jeff Bezos, secured a $600 million contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for “cloud” services. According to critics, the Washington Post boss’s CIA ties represent a serious conflict of interest that, under basic ethical standards in journalism, must be disclosed to readers — at least whenever the paper is reporting on the “intelligence community” and its activities. So far, however, the Post has not publicly announced whether or not it will acknowledge what analysts say is a cut-and-dry conflict of interest.

Negotiators are pushing hard to finish drafting the TTIP, a U.S.-EU trade pact that will transfer sovereignty to international bureaucrats.

Since 2007, private-sector employment has declined in almost all states, leaving government with an ever-larger share of the labor force, according to a new study.