On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of April 8

“Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump’s support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. . . .”

AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, But on a Fast Track.  Manufacturing Leadership Council 4/9
“Opinions about the impact of artificial intelligence today range from the apocalyptic to the miraculous. Media darling Elon Musk of Tesla, for example, thinks AI is an “existential threat” to human civilization. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd believes a battle between the United States and China for “AI supremacy” will have important consequences for the global economy. And Ginny Rometty, IBM’s CEO, is convinced that AI has the power to transform industries in positive ways. . . .”

U.S., China agree to establish trade deal enforcement offices: Mnuchin.  Reuters 4/10
“The United States and China have largely agreed on a mechanism to police any trade agreement they reach, including establishing new “enforcement offices,” U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday. . . .”

US job openings fall to 11-month low in February.  CNBC 4/9
“U.S. job openings dropped to an 11-month low in February and hiring decreased, which could explain a sharp slowdown in job growth during that month. . . .”

U.S. factory orders fall for the fourth time in five months, reflecting economic slowdown.  MarketWatch 4/8
“The numbers: Factory orders in the U.S. fell in February for the fourth time in five months, reflecting a slowdown in the economy that began late in 2018 and carried on through the early part of the new year.  Orders dropped 0.5% in the month, the government said Monday. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a 0.4% decline. . . .”