41ºF

LIVE STREAM: White House press briefing with Sarah Sanders (9/28/17)

Daily White House media briefing happening around 2 p.m.

Sara Sanders holds a White House press briefing on Sept. 25, 2017.
Sara Sanders holds a White House press briefing on Sept. 25, 2017.

WASHINGTON – The White House will hold a media briefing on Thursday afternoon with press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The briefing will take place around 2:00 p.m., you can watch it live here on ClickOnDetroit.

Here are some other things happening around Washington D.C.

US economic growth revised up to 3.1 percent rate in Q2

The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.

The April-June expansion in the gross domestic product -- the economy's total output of goods and services -- is up slightly from a 3 percent estimate made a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It is the strongest performance since the economy grew at a 3.2 percent pace in the first quarter of 2015. The upward revision reflected larger farm stockpiles.

Claims for US jobless aid rise by 12,000 to 272,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 12,000 last week to 272,000 as Florida continued to absorb the economic impact of Hurricane Irma.

The Labor Department says the less-volatile four-week average rose by 9,000 to 277,750, highest since February 2016.

In the aftermath of Irma, claims rose 81 percent in Florida from a week earlier. But claims fell 29 percent in Texas as the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey continued to fade.

Despite the impact of the storms, the overall level of claims remains low, suggesting that most American workers enjoy job security. The unemployment rate is at 4.4 percent, near a 16-year low.

Employers are adding an average 176,000 jobs a month so far in 2017, solid but down from 187,000 a month last year.

Trump waives cargo restrictions to speed help to Puerto Rico

The Trump administration will waive federal restrictions on foreign ships' transportation of cargo to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter Thursday that President Donald Trump has "authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico." She says Trump is responding to a request from the governor, and it "will go into effect immediately."

The Jones Act is a little-known federal law that prohibits foreign-flagged ships from shuttling goods between U.S. ports. Republicans and Democrats have pushed Trump to waive the Jones Act, saying it could help get desperately needed supplies delivered to the island more quickly and at less cost.