Wednesday, October 24th

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

Target CEO says the US consumer is as strong as ever: 'They're seeing wages rise'

Target CEO Brian Cornell sees no change in how Americans feel about their finances, standing by the bold call he made on CNBC in August about the "consumer environment" being the best he's ever seen.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/24/target-ceo-still-sees-us-consumers-feeling-as-good-as-ever.html

 

Trump meets with top brass, renews threat to send troops to the border

There were more stars on the shoulders of last night’s guests at the White House than you can see at the average Hollywood premiere. President Trump hosted his top four-star generals and admirals including all the Joint Chiefs and all the combatant commanders from around the globe. The nearly two dozen guests included civilian leaders Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his deputy Patrick Shanahan, but everyone else was in dress uniform.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-meets-with-top-brass-renews-threat-to-send-troops-to-the-border

 

U.S. Takes Diplomatic Action Against Saudis Believed Tied to Journalist’s Killing

The U.S. has taken diplomatic action against 21 Saudi officials believed connected with the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a public expression of disapproval that came as the kingdom’s powerful crown prince appeared at an investment conference that opened under a cloud.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/turkeys-erdogan-saudi-journalist-was-murdered-1540287925

 

Today: The Thing to Know

 

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WANT TO TAKE MONEY FROM HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO FUND FAILED SOCIALIST POLICIES

“From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

DESTRUCTIVE ECONOMIC POLICIES: Under socialist economic policies, Americans can expect their incomes to fall and their economic freedom to vanish.

·         Radical Congressional Democrats are pushing the socialist policies of “Medicare for All,” high tax rates, and “free” public services, while ignoring the huge cost of these policies.

·         Families earning the average annual wage of $60,588 would be taxed up to $5,000 more per year, after cash transfers, if the United States adopted the tax and transfer policies of Nordic countries that Congressional Democrats often tout.

·         Socialism’s higher taxes (including on businesses) and controls on factors of production lead to a loss of economic freedom that has devastating consequences for production.

o   Replacing United States policies with highly socialist ones, like in Venezuela, would reduce real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by at least 40 percent in the long run.

 

“MEDICARE FOR ALL” IS RADICAL AND DANGEROUS: The Democrats’ socialist ”Medicare for All” plan would devastate the American healthcare market and lead to higher taxes.

·       The Democrats’ disastrous ”Medicare for All” plan distributes healthcare for “free,” by creating a government monopoly on healthcare markets and setting all prices paid to suppliers.

o   Under this policy, doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies would have no choice but to accept whatever the government decides to pay for their services.

o   Consumers, likewise, would have no choice but to use government-directed options.

·         The high taxes needed to fund “Medicare for All” would lead to a decline in household incomes of $17,000 annually after taxes and healthcare expenditures, a 19 percent decline.

·         Without higher taxes, funding the Democrats’ plan would require cuts to half of the Federal budget as it stands today wrecking Medicaid, Social Security, and traditional Medicare.

·         Evidence on the effectiveness of single-payer systems suggests that a “Medicare for All” plan would reduce the longevity and health of Americans, despite greater insurance coverage.

A DUBIOUS LEGACY: Socialist policies have a long legacy of failure across the world.

·       The legacy of countries that have implemented large-scale socialist policies is one of failed policies, misery, and death.

o   Even in less-extreme cases, socialist policies have reduced standards of living.

·       Socialist countries like Maoist China, Cuba, and the Soviet Union seized control of agriculture wrecking their food production and causing tens of millions of deaths by starvation.

·       Venezuela’s socialist experiment has been a complete failure. Today, Venezuelans are beset by out-of-control inflation, lack of basic resources, and rampant crime, starvation, and death.

·       Research suggests that even Nordic countries, who are often pointed to as examples of successful socialist experiments, have been hurt by their use of socialist policies:

o   The living standards of Nordic countries are at least 15 percent lower than in the United States, despite the abundance of “free” government services.

o   If the United States had adopted Nordic-like policies in the 1970s, then our real GDP would be almost 20 percent lower today.

Friday, October 19th

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

What Trump Knows That Obama Didn’t

We now know why President Obama had to struggle so hard to spur the economy and allow it to grow more than 2 percent a year. And that was the high-water mark. In the last quarter of his presidency, growth had slipped to 1.5 percent. Today it’s obvious what Obama’s problem was. He had the wrong policies‚ lots of them.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/18/us-weekly-jobless-claims-total-210000-vs-212000-expected.html?__source=newsletter%7Cbreakingnews

 

How Trump's 'nickel plan' could boost the economy

President Trump’s initiative to cut spending by 5 percent across his Cabinet’s departments would likely provide a solid boost to the economy and Wall Street, according to Moody’s Managing Director John Lonski.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/how-trumps-nickel-plan-could-boost-the-economy

 

US, Mexico agree on plan to handle migrant caravan from Central America

U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan making their way up from Central America, a senior administration official told Fox News on Thursday.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-mexico-agree-on-plan-to-handle-migrant-caravan-from-central-america

 

Today: The Thing to Know

 

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE: “USMCA A TRADE DEAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY”

“Under USMCA, we have created new rules to help our farmers, ranchers and workers better face the challenges of the 21st century economy, which will secure greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and maintain and improve the highly productive integrated agricultural relationships we have as nations.”

 

USMCA a trade deal for the 21st century

By Secretary Sonny Perdue

The Spokesman-Review [Spokane, Washington]

October 17, 2018

With the announcement of a new trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada, we welcomed the tremendous news that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will be, if approved by Congress, replaced by a much stronger agreement. Known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the package will be important for American workers and our economy as a whole, including the agricultural sector, which counts Mexico and Canada in our top three trading partners.

Under USMCA, we have created new rules to help our farmers, ranchers and workers better face the challenges of the 21st century economy, which will secure greater access to the Mexican and Canadian markets and maintain and improve the highly productive integrated agricultural relationships we have as nations.

The agreement with Mexico came first, near the end of August, and includes a number of provisions sought by the United States. Importantly, 21st century innovations in agricultural biotechnology are addressed for the first time, including cutting-edge processes like gene editing. These innovations serve as a template for agreements in the future. And we mutually pledge to work together to reduce trade-distorting policies, increase transparency and ensure nondiscriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products.

Notably, as one of the president’s top goals, the new agreement will eliminate Canada’s unfair “Class 6” and “Class 7” milk pricing schemes, in which Canada has used low-priced products to undercut United States dairy sales in Canada and other international markets. The deal will also crack open additional access to United States dairy into Canada, including products like fluid milk, cream, butter, skim milk and cheese, and will also preserve and expand critical access for United States poultry and egg producers. America’s wheat farmers also get a big win. A reform of Canada’s discriminatory wheat grading process will help United States wheat growers along the border become more competitive. These are all significant victories for American agriculture.

The newly minted USMCA goes in the win column for President Trump and his negotiating team, led by our United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. Our economy, and American agriculture, will be better off for it.

Read the full op-ed here.

Wednesday, October 17th

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

U.S. tops World Economic Forum's 'Global Competitiveness Report' for first time in a decade

Organizers of the annual Davos conference ranked the United States first in their ranking of the world’s most competitive economies for the first time in a decade Wednesday, saying the No. 1 spot reflects a new methodology and long-term factors more than recent policies of the Trump administration.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/16/us-tops-world-economic-forum-global-competitivenes/

 

Trump administration moves to open trade talks with UK, Japan, EU after NAFTA win

The Trump administration informed Congress Tuesday that it intends to open trade talks with the United Kingdom, European Union and Japan -- coming off a win for President Trump in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-moves-to-open-trade-talks-with-uk-japan-e-u-after-nafta-win

 

Federal Revenues Hit All-Time Highs Under Trump Tax Cuts

Critics of the Trump tax cuts said they would blow a hole in the deficit. Yet individual income taxes climbed 6% in the just-ended fiscal year 2018, as the economy grew faster and created more jobs than expected.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-tax-cuts-federal-revenues-deficits/

 

Today: The Thing to Know

 

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR DOCTOR, OUTLAW YOUR PRIVATE INSURANCE, AND PUT BUREAUCRATS IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTHCARE

“We oppose efforts from Democrats to raid Medicare to fund socialism, robbing seniors of their benefits.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS LIED ABOUT YOUR HEALTHCARE BEFORE: Democrats made false promises to sell Americans on Obamacare.

  • Democrats told Americans if “you like your plan, you can keep it.”

o   4.7 million Americans saw their plans canceled in Obamacare’s first year. 

  • Democrats told Americans they could keep their doctor if they liked them.

o   President Obama admitted families would have to “make choices” to keep their doctor.

  • President Obama promised families that Obamacare would cut $2,500 in premiums.

o   Average individual market premiums more than doubled from 2013 to 2017. 

 

THEY ARE LYING NOW: Just like they did with Obamacare, Democrats will say anything to sell a radical Government takeover of your healthcare that they call “Medicare for All.” 

  • Democrats like Chuck Schumer are trying to hide that “Medicare for All” would end private insurance, claiming it is “not true.”

o   Senator Schumer should read Bernie Sanders’ legislation, which states, “It shall be unlawful for— (1) a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act…”

o   The House Democrats’ bill states, “It is unlawful for a private health insurer to sell health insurance coverage that duplicates the benefits provided under this Act.”

o   Americans would have no choice in their own insurer and be forced onto Medicare.

  • Democrats are claiming seniors would not lose benefits under “Medicare for All.” 

o   In reality, popular Medicare Advantage plans enjoyed by more than 20 million seniors would be outlawed under the Democrat plan.

  • Congressional Democrats are telling American seniors “Medicare for All” is not a threat, yet their radical plan comes with a price tag that would jeopardize seniors’ benefits. 

o   Their plan rations healthcare with additional and stricter government price controls.  

o   Their plan requires large payment cuts to doctors and hospitals, leading to hospital closures, fewer doctors, and less care for seniors.

o   This would not be the first time the Democrats abandoned our seniors, having cut Medicare spending by $800 billion.

 

GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER: Democrats are proposing radical Government takeover of healthcare that would devastate the future of our country.

  • With an obscene $32 trillion in ten years price tag, even significant tax increases would not pay for the Congressional Democrats’ Government healthcare takeover.

  • The Democrats’ radical Government takeover would destroy America’s healthcare system, put Washington bureaucrats in charge, and leave Americans with no real choice in coverage.

o   Quality healthcare will plummet and wait times will skyrocket.

o   Private competition would be eliminated. 

o   Medical innovation would be decimated, depriving patients of lifesaving cures.

  • In a telling show of his lack of respect for American taxpayers, Senator Schumer did not even deny their plan would use taxpayer money to fund Government healthcare for illegal aliens.

Friday, October 12th

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

Trump’s List: 289 accomplishments in just 20 months, ‘relentless’ promise-keeping

The Trump administration’s often overlooked list of achievements has surpassed those of former President Reagan at this time and more than doubled since the last tally of accomplishments after his first year in office, giving President Trump a solid platform to run for reelection on.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/trumps-list-289-accomplishments-in-just-20-months-relentless-promise-keeping

 

The Character Assassination of Brett Kavanaugh by the Cowardly Senate Democrats

In 1987, when Robert Bork met with Senator Edward Kennedy on the eve of his nomination as a justice of the Supreme Court, it was an awkward visit. Kennedy said his response would not be personal. He said that several times.

https://www.weeklystandard.com/fred-barnes/the-character-assassination-of-brett-kavanaugh-by-the-cowardly-senate-democrats

 

After Its Kavanaugh Loss, The Left Gets Even More Unhinged

Anyone who hoped that cooler heads would prevail after the Democrats lost their full-scale war against Justice Brett Kavanaugh was soon disappointed.  Instead, the left has doubled down, trashing every institution they say contributed to their loss.

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/kavanaugh-liberals-attack-senate/

 

Today: The Thing to Know

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING ACTION TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING

“My Administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are working to end the scourge of human trafficking, also known as modern slavery.

  • Today, the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) met to discuss the Administration’s efforts to tackle human trafficking.

  • The Task Force is a Cabinet-level entity, consisting of 15 departments and agencies, which work tirelessly to prosecute traffickers, protect survivors, and combat human trafficking. 

  • Members of the Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, comprised of survivor leaders appointed by the President, attended. 

  • The recipients of the 2018 Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons were honored at the meeting.

TAKING ACTION AT HOME AND ABROAD: The Trump Administration is taking the fight to human trafficking on all fronts, carrying out robust domestic and international efforts.

  • In April 2018, President Trump signed historic legislation into law to combat online sex trafficking, holding perpetrators accountable and ensuring justice for survivors.

  • Last year, President Trump issued an Executive Order which directed his Administration to crack down on transnational criminal organizations that use human trafficking.

  • Domestically, Federal agencies are ensuring full enforcement of our laws so that those who seek to exploit our people and break our laws face justice. Last year:

o   The Department of Justice secured convictions against nearly 500 defendants in human trafficking and the Federal Bureau of Investigation dismantled 42 criminal enterprises engaged in child sex trafficking.

o   The Department of Homeland Security initiated over 800 human trafficking cases, resulting in 1,500 arrests, 530 convictions, and over 500 victims identified.

  • The Department of Justice anti-trafficking grantees reported assisting more than 8,000 survivors between July 2016 and June 2017, greatly exceeding the past record.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services modernized the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

  • The United States is also taking the lead to end this crime internationally, as the largest donor of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery.

  • The Trump Administration is pushing back against authoritarian regimes to eliminate forced labor, sex trafficking, and the exploitation of children.

o   Human trafficking is very common under regimes lacking basic civil protections.

o   The Administration is limiting the number of Tier 3 countries in the TIP Report that will receive national security waivers under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

A THREAT TO OUR COUNTRY: Human trafficking is a threat to homeland security, public health, and the rule of law.

  • Human trafficking is often a hidden crime that knows no boundaries, impacting adults and children of all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities.

o   Reports of human trafficking come from every State.

o   There are an estimated 24.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide.

  • Drug traffickers in Central and South America are increasingly engaging in human trafficking.

Thursday, October 4th

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

US weekly jobless claims drop to a near 49-year low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell to a near 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength, which should continue to underpin economic growth.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/04/us-weekly-jobless-claims-sept-29-2018.html

 

Trump promised to put American interests first – he wasn’t kidding

In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/cal-thomas-trump-promised-to-put-american-interests-first-he-wasnt-kidding

 

Democrats’ Kavanaugh assassination is reuniting the right

Brett Kavanaugh is no longer a mere Supreme Court nominee. His name is now a veritable conservative cause — one that has united the right for the first time since the 2016 primary sent Republicans quarreling over Trump and Never Trump.

https://nypost.com/2018/10/03/democrats-kavanaugh-assassination-is-re-uniting-the-right/

 

Today: The Things to Know

 

Ivanka Trump: NASCAR students on the fast track

From the small town of Tallapoosa, Georgia—just 45 minutes from the legendary Talladega track—Brandall Brown was born with “racing in his blood.” His childhood hero was Jeff Gordon, and Brown vividly remembers annual visits to the Daytona USA museum, beginning at age five.

Just five days after he graduated from high school this May, Brown moved to North Carolina to start classes at NASCAR Technical Institute. “I’m pursing my dream,” he says.

Yesterday, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump traveled to Mooresville, North Carolina, visiting that same NASCAR Technical Institute alongside Daytona 500 winner Austin Dillon. She met with students like Brown and spoke about an issue close to her heart: job training to help American workers and American families get ahead. She also visited parts of the region affected by Hurricane Florence last month.

Ms. Trump has been a key advocate for workforce development in the White House, helping shepherd the bipartisan Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act through Congress earlier this year. Perkins CTE is the primary Federal funding source to help prepare students and workers for jobs in a 21st-century economy.

America’s skills gap is driven by a myth that there is a single pathway to economic success: four-year college. “The reality is that we have to rethink fundamentally human potential,” Ms. Trump said today. “We can’t have kids that are leaving university without skills that are loaded up with student debt.”

In response to this challenge, President Trump created the Pledge to America’s Workers, which has resulted in more than 4 million new opportunities since July.

Ivanka Trump: Training Americans for the jobs of tomorrow

 

President Trump presents the Medal of Honor

President Trump awarded our nation’s highest honor to then-Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer for his heroic actions while serving in the U.S. Army.

On April 6, 2008, Shurer and members of his team were pinned down on a mountainside under heavy enemy fire. Shurer fought his way across a barrage of bullets to treat and rescue wounded soldiers, using his body to shield others from ongoing fire and debris. He carried the wounded down the mountainside, and after loading the soldiers into an evacuation helicopter, retook control of his commando squad and rejoined the fight.

Shurer’s heroic actions saved the lives of many that day.

Ron “is an inspiration to everyone in this room and to every citizen all across our great land,” President Trump said at yesterday’s ceremony. “Ron, our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy as we prepare to engrave your name alongside of America’s greatest heroes.”

A year and a half ago, Shurer was diagnosed with cancer—but that hasn’t dampened his resolve one bit. “He’s been fighting it every single day with courage and with strength,” the President said. “He’s a warrior. He’s a warrior.”

Watch President Trump present the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Read moreRonald Shurer’s heroic story

 

Monday October 1st, 2018

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Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

Trump cites 'historic' trade pact with Canada, Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took credit for salvaging a trilateral free trade accord with Canada and Mexico, marking it as a victory in his campaign to reshape global commerce as financial markets breathed a sigh of relief.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta/trump-cites-historic-trade-pact-with-canada-mexico-idUSKCN1MB28G

 

Dow jumps more than 250 points after the US and Canada secure a deal to replace NAFTA

Stocks rose sharply on Monday as investors cheered news of Canada joining a trade deal with the United States and Mexico.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/01/us-markets-us-and-canada-trade-deal-economic-data-eyed.html

 

In the Kavanaugh Hearings, Democrats Break Norms to Gain Power

It is interesting to watch journalists and political pundits pick up on buzzwords that have a scientific gloss to them. It makes them sound smart, unless of course you know the backstory. A good example of this is “tribalism,” which they have recently discovered is a problem. Sure, tribalism is a problem, but it is nothing new. James Madison called it “factionalism,” all the way back in 1788.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/in-the-kavanaugh-hearings-democrats-break-norms-to-gain-power/

 

Today: The Things to Watch

 

UNITED STATES–MEXICO–CANADA AGREEMENT ON TRADE

 

TOPLINES

·         Under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the United States has reached an agreement with Mexico, and Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

·         The President is keeping his promise to renegotiate NAFTA, and our achievement is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, businesses, and workers.

·         When finalized and implemented, the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will create more balanced, reciprocal trade that supports high-paying jobs for Americans and grows the North American economy.

·         Throughout the negotiations, the United States has pursued two major objectives:

o   First, to update the 24-year-old agreement with modern provisions representing a 21st century, high-standard agreement.

o   Second, to rebalance the agreement to better serve the interests of American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

·         The USMCA achieves the Administration’s key goals of modernizing and rebalancing the North American trade agreement. Throughout the renegotiations, the Administration has worked hard for freer markets, fairer trade, and robust economic growth in North America.

 

AGREEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

 

AMERICAN AUTO MANUFACTURING AND JOBS

·         Increasing United States and Regional Content in Automobiles and Auto Parts: Through updated automotive rules of origin, the new agreement encourages United States manufacturing and regional economic growth by requiring that 75 percent of auto content be produced in North America and that key core parts always be originating.  This will incentivize billions of dollars in additional United States vehicle and auto parts production.

·         Incentivizing the Use of High-Wage Manufacturing Labor in the Automotive Sector: The new agreement uses trade rules to encourage higher manufacturing wages by requiring that 40 to 45 percent of automotive content be made by workers earning an average base wage of at least $16 per hour.  This will support better jobs for United States producers and workers and incentivize additional United States vehicle and auto parts production.

 

LABOR

·         Benefiting American Workers: The new agreement includes a new Labor Chapter that brings labor obligations into the core of the agreement and makes them fully enforceable.  This chapter represents the strongest labor provisions of any trade agreement.

·         Creating a More Level Playing Field: The new agreement requires Parties to adopt and maintain in law and practice labor rights as recognized by the International Labor Organization, an Annex on Worker Representation in Collective Bargaining in Mexico, and new provisions to take measures to prohibit the importation of goods produced by forced labor and to address violence against workers exercising their labor rights.

 

AGRICULTURE

·         Benefiting American Farmers, Ranchers, and Agribusiness: While agriculture has generally performed well under NAFTA, important improvements in the agreement will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly. Key achievements include fair treatment for America’s dairy and wheat farmers.   Canada will eliminate its “Class 7” program that allows low-priced dairy ingredients to undersell United States dairy products in Canada and in third country markets.  Canada also will provide equal treatment when assessing the quality of imported wheat.

·         Expanded Market Access for American Food and Agricultural Products: Canada will provide important new access for the full range of United States dairy products, eggs and poultry.

·         Strengthening Agricultural Trade with Modernized Provisions: The new agreement sets unprecedented standards for agricultural biotechnology, establishes strong commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies, and enhances rules for science-based sanitary and phytosanitary measures.

 

21ST CENTURY ECONOMY

·         Protecting Intellectual Property: The United States, Mexico, and Canada have developed a modernized, high-standard Intellectual Property (IP) chapter that provides strong and effective protection and enforcement of IP rights critical to driving innovation, creating economic growth, and supporting American jobs.  The chapter includes 10 years of data protection for biologic drugs and a robust scope of products eligible for protection.

·         Creating a New Chapter on Digital Trade: The new Digital Trade chapter contains the strongest disciplines on digital trade of any international trade agreement, providing a firm foundation for the expansion of trade and investment in innovative products and services, including rules to ensure that data can be transferred cross-border and to minimize limits on where data can be stored and processed.

 

ENVIRONMENT

·         Creating Enforceable Environmental Obligations:  The new agreement includes the most comprehensive set of enforceable environmental obligations of any United States trade agreement.  The provisions will combat trafficking in wildlife, timber, and fish; enhance the effectiveness of customs inspections; strengthen law enforcement networks to stem trafficking; protect fish and marine species by prohibiting harmful fisheries subsidies and combatting illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; and address pressing environmental issues such as air quality and marine litter.   

 

WHY NAFTA NEEDED TO BE RENEGOTIATED

·         The 24-year-old NAFTA has become very outdated and unbalanced.  While some Americans have benefited from NAFTA, including American farmers and ranchers who obtained much-needed market access, other Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises.

·         Despite years of promises by politicians to fix NAFTA, none delivered.  With this deal, President Trump is delivering on his promise to negotiate and implement trade agreements that benefit all Americans – our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses.

 

Thursday September 27th, 2018

Good morning, please see below for today’s daily briefing.

 

Today: 3 Articles to Read

 

Final reading on Q2 GDP confirms 4.2% gain, the fastest rise in nearly four years
The U.S. economy grew as expected in the second quarter, according to a reading Thursday that confirmed that gross domestic product rose at its quickest rate in nearly four years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/27/final-us-gross-domestic-product-q2-2018.html

 

White House provides $4 million for drug courts to fight opioid addiction

The White House is providing $4 million in grants to go toward training officials on how to divert people with drug addictions into treatment programs, the Office of National Drug Control Policy announced Wednesday.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/white-house-provides-4-million-for-drug-courts-to-fight-opioid-addiction

 

Avenatti’s Sleazy New Charge

There is the eleventh hour, and then there is Avenatti hour. This morning, as Washington, D.C., geared up for tomorrow’s Senate hearing, Michael Avenatti came forward with his much-hyped “third accuser,” ensuring that all hell broke loose once again. If nothing else, the man certainly has a taste for the dramatic.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/kavanaugh-nomination-michael-avenatti/

 

Today: The Thing to Know

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO COUNTERING THE PROLIFERATION OF CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS

“If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

LEADING COUNTERPROLIFERATION EFFORTS: President Donald J. Trump is committed to countering the proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.

·         Today, President Trump is urging members of the United Nations Security Council to work together to counter the proliferation of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons.

·         Nations of the world have long recognized the danger of such weapons and the international community has a vital interest in preventing their further development, spread, and use.

·         Under President Trump’s leadership, the United States and its allies have taken bold action to confront the worldwide threat to international peace and security posed by these weapons.

HOLDING SYRIA ACCOUNTABLE: President Trump has taken strong action to hold the Syrian regime to account for its use of chemical weapons.

· The President is committed to countering the Syrian regime’s barbaric use of chemical weapons, as well as those who support or enable their use. 

· Under President Trump, the United States and allies have taken military action to hold Syria accountable for carrying out horrendous chemical weapons attacks against its own civilians.

o   Earlier this year, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom launched precision strikes on targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons capabilities. 

o   In April 2017, President Trump directed strikes against a Syrian airfield used in a chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.

· President Trump calls on the international community to work together to uphold the prohibition against chemical warfare. 

STANDING UP TO IRAN: The Trump Administration is taking action to counter Iran’s malign activity and ensure that the rogue regime never gains a nuclear weapon.

· The Iranian regime advances violence, bloodshed, and chaos across the region and the world. 

o   Iran has spent billions of dollars to fuel conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

o   Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, funding terrorist proxies like Hamas and Hezbollah. 

· President Trump has withdrawn from the Iran Deal and begun reimposing nuclear-related sanctions to help ensure this regime is permanently denied all paths to a nuclear weapon.

o   All nuclear-related sanctions will be in full force in early November.

· The President is urging international partners to work with the United States to ensure that the Iranian regime changes its behavior and never acquires a nuclear bomb. 

WORKING TO DENUCLEARIZE NORTH KOREA: President Trump’s policies have seen historic progress on North Korea, which has agreed to work toward complete denuclearization.

· President Trump and Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore, where Chairman Kim reaffirmed his agreement to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

· Significant progress has been made and President Trump is confident that North Korea will honor its agreement to complete denuclearization, but sanctions will remain until that occurs.

· North Korea has not conducted a nuclear test in over a year or a missile test in 10 months.

· Some Nations have violated the United Nations sanctions obligations. The safety of the world depends on compliance with Security Council resolutions and violators must stop.

Wednesday September 26th, 2018

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Consumer confidence hits 138.4 in September, vs. 132 estimate
Consumer confidence rose in September, notching its highest level in about 18 years.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/consumer-confidence-september.html

 

President Trump to award Medal of Honor to Marine whose heroism in Vietnam saved lives

President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor in October to retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley after years of lobbying by his comrades culminated in a review of his valor in the Vietnam War during the bloody battle of Hue.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/25/john-canley-president-donald-trump-award-medal-honor-vietnam-vet/1422150002/

 

Biden in 1991: The FBI ‘Do Not Reach Conclusions’ When Investigating Sexual Misconduct

Senate Democrats have been calling for the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but video unearthed by NTK Network shows one of their own, then-Sen. Joe Biden, pushing back on the notion that an FBI investigation would reach any kind of conclusion. The remarks were made during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.

https://ntknetwork.com/biden-in-1991-the-fbi-do-not-reach-conclusions-when-investigating-sexual-misconduct/

 

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S AMERICA FIRST AGENDA IS HELPING TO ACHIEVE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH

“The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good in the history of the world, and the greatest defenders of sovereignty, security, and prosperity for all.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

ADDRESSING THE UNITED NATIONS: President Donald J. Trump is delivering his second major remarks before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

·         President Trump is attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he will deliver remarks to the full Assembly and attend a series of bilateral meetings.

·         This is the second major speech by President Trump before the UNGA, having delivered remarks to the Assembly in September 2017.   

SHARING A VISION FOR COOPERATION: In his remarks, President Trump lays out a positive vision for cooperation among strong, sovereign partners.

·         President Trump is sharing a positive vision for cooperation among nations based on mutual respect and sovereignty. 

·         The United States seeks strong, sovereign partners who control their own destinies. 

·         President Trump applauds nations that are taking more responsibility for solving problems in their regions, such as in the Middle East where countries have stepped up to combat terror.

ACHIEVING PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: The Trump Administration has achieved historic foreign policy success in the year since President Trump’s 2017 remarks to the UNGA.

·         In his remarks, President Trump details how his America First foreign policy is making America and the world safer, stronger, and more prosperous.

·         In the year since President Trump’s 2017 remarks, the Trump Administration has diminished many of the major threats to peace, including North Korea, Iran, and ISIS. 

·         President Trump has achieved historic progress with North Korea since his 2017 UNGA remarks, which called on North Korea to accept denuclearization as its only acceptable future.

o   President Trump attended the summit in Singapore with Chairman Kim Jong Un, the first-ever meeting between an American President and a North Korean head of state. 

o   During this summit, the two leaders signed an agreement in which North Korea committed to working toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.  

·         The Trump Administration has helped achieve significant gains in the fight to eradicate ISIS.

o   In October 2017, ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital city of Raqqah was liberated.

o   The Iraqi government announced in December 2017 that all Iraqi territory had been liberated from ISIS control. 

·         President Trump used last year’s speech to the UNGA to emphasize the threat posed by Iran and the disastrous, one-sided Iran Deal and has since taken action to address that threat.

o   President Trump followed through on his promise to withdraw from the Iran Deal.  

o   The President has called for a comprehensive deal that permanently denies Iran any path to a nuclear weapon and has reiterated that the regime must cease the totality of its malign activities, including its support for terrorism.  

·         The Trump Administration has confronted a number of other threats to peace identified in the President’s 2017 UNGA remarks.

o   The United States joined allies in launching air strikes against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons use. 

o   The Administration has expanded its sanctions against the Venezuelan regime.  

Tuesday September 25th, 2018

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Enough with the smearing of Brett Kavanaugh
A defiant Brett Kavanaugh tells the Senate Judiciary Committee he will not allow the ongoing smears from Democratic sources to intimidate him into withdrawing his Supreme Court nomination. Good for him.

https://nypost.com/2018/09/24/enough-with-the-smearing-of-brett-kavanaugh/

 

The Politics of Destruction

Say this for Deborah Ramirez. The second woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of committing sexual assault more than 30 years ago may not clearly recall what happened, but her story does clarify the ugly politics at play. Democrats are using the #MeToo movement as a weapon of political destruction to defeat a Supreme Court nominee and retake Congress.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-politics-of-destruction-1537831889

 

College 529 savings plan balances hit an all-time high 

Paying for college takes dedication. A savings shortcut doesn't hurt, either. That's why more families are taking advantage of 529 college savings plans.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/college-savings-plan-balances-hit-all-time-high.html

 

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BRETT AND ASHLEY ESTES KAVANAUGH: FULL TRANSCRIPT OF FOX INTERVIEW

Wednesday September 19th, 2018

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Democrats don’t want a fair Kavanaugh hearing — they want a circus

Democrats on Tuesday proved they’re not out to carefully consider Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They just want to use it as the pretext to keep the circus running for weeks.

https://nypost.com/2018/09/18/democrats-dont-want-a-fair-kavanaugh-hearing-they-want-a-circus/

 

Hispanics flourishing in Trump economy

President Trump’s economy is the rising tide that is lifting all boats. This is especially true for Hispanics, who were among the biggest victims of the low-growth, high-regulation economy under President Obama.

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/407079-hispanics-flourishing-in-trump-economy

 

Trump will survey Florence damage during North Carolina visit Wednesday

President Trump will travel to North Carolina on Wednesday to survey the impact of Florence, the White House said. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/19/trump-will-survey-florence-damage-during-north-carolina-visit-wednesday.html

 

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A ‘new direction’ against biological threats

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the infamous “anthrax letters,” distributed beginning one week after the September 11 attacks of 2001. “Thought to be an indication of possible further terrorist activity,” National Security Advisor John Bolton says, these letters brought to Americans’ attention—many for the first time—the very real threat of bioweapons in the hands of our enemies.

America cannot afford to take chances. Under President Donald J. Trump, it won’t. Today, the President signed off on a first-of-its-kind National Biodefense Strategy, one that signals “a new direction” in our approach to biological threats.

The strategy’s key objective is creating a more efficient and accountable biodefense enterprise. Until now, Federal agencies have had disparate programs that were not centrally coordinated. Today’s Memorandum names Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar as the Federal lead for biodefense and establishes a Cabinet-level Biodefense Steering Committee.

Biological threats know no borders. Whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate in nature, these risks are among the most serious facing America and its allies. The 2001 anthrax attacks, the 2009 influenza pandemic, the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and the more recent Zika epidemic all reveal the potential for widespread harm and anxiety if such threats are left ignored.

With these actions today, I am reaffirming my unwavering commitment to protecting the American people, the American homeland, and the American way of life,” President Trump writes.

What you should know: How President Trump is strengthening America’s biodefense

MoreRead the President’s statement on today’s strategy.

 

‘Critical bipartisan legislation’ on opioids

Congress scored a bipartisan win in its effort to take on America’s opioid crisis. The Senate passed its Amendment to H.R. 6, the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, which takes a major step toward realizing a whole-of-government approach to combatting drug demand.

President Trump has made the opioid response a top priority across his Administration. Toward that end, this vital legislation would:

·       Reduce the amount of illicit fentanyl entering the country

·       Improve treatment for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome

·       Create job-training programs for Americans in recovery

·       Reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy to continue overseeing Federal drug control efforts, including public awareness campaigns

“The Administration looks forward to working with both chambers as the legislative process continues to get a bill to the President’s desk to mitigate this crisis next door,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Read the Press Secretary’s full statement on the vote.

Go deeperHow the Trump Administration is taking on the “crisis next door”

Monday September 17th, 2018

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Eliminating 'most problematic' federal regulations saves taxpayers $1.3 billion this year

The Trump administration ripped up federal regulations at a record pace this year and saved taxpayers $1.3 billion, double the goal set by the president, according to an American Action Forum analysis.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/16/federal-regulations-cut-record-pace-saving-13-bill/

 

Former Obama administration official: Trump is addressing 'longstanding' trade issues

Many of the trade issues on which U.S. President Donald Trump is now focusing have been concerns for numerous White House administrations, according to Michael Froman, who served as U.S. Trade Representative under former President Barack Obama.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/17/michael-froman-trump-is-addressing-longstanding-trade-issues.html

 

Sen. Brown's opposition to Kavanaugh is wrong for Ohio

Senator Sherrod Brown’s declared opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a confirmation that he’s not right for Ohio.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/2018/09/14/opinion-sen-browns-opposition-kavanaugh-wrong-ohio/1264632002/

 

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STATEMENT FROM JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH:

“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. 

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. 

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”

Wednesday September 12th, 2018

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Sen. Bill Nelson is still dodging on Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s second superb nominee to the Supreme Court, concluded his Senate confirmation hearings last Friday. Despite witnessing Judge Kavanaugh’s experience, objectivity and credentials to serve on the highest court in the land, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has refused to acknowledge his impeccable credentials.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/pam-bondi-sen-bill-nelson-is-still-squirming-and-dodging-on-kavanaugh

 

U.S. job openings climb to record 6.9 million

The number of job openings in the U.S. climbed to a record 6.94 million in July in a clear sign that a booming economy is entering the second half of the year with a big dollop of momentum.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-job-openings-climb-to-record-69-million-2018-09-11

 

Trump marks 9/11 anniversary at Flight 93 memorial: 'A piece of America's heart is buried on these grounds'

President Trump observed the anniversary of Sept. 11 at a memorial service Tuesday in Shanksville, Pa., where he praised the "spirit" of the 40 passengers and crew members who died trying to stop hijackers from redirecting Flight 93 toward Washington that fateful day.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/trump-marks-9-11-anniversary-at-flight-93-memorial-a-piece-of-americas-heart-is-buried-on-these-grounds

 

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What the world learned on September 11, 2001

Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before his election as President, Donald Trump was in New York City the day an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country.

“When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely,” he said in 2016.

Today, President Trump, the First Lady, Vice President Mike Pence, and the Second Lady honored two other communities that were struck by attacks that day: Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and Arlington, Virginia. “This field is now a monument to American defiance,” the President said from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. “We remember the moment when America fought back.”

This week, a new memorial opened at that site to commemorate the 40 brave passengers and crew members of Flight 93, whose actions that day prevented a likely attack on Washington, D.C. The “Tower of Voices” is a 93-foot structure with 40 wind chimes to honor each of their lives.

“Every time we hear those chimes playing in the wind, we will remember The Forty. We will remember their faces, their voices, their stories, their courage, and their love,” the President said.

Speaking at the Pentagon in Virginia, Vice President Pence echoed President Trump’s appreciation for America’s Service Members and first responders. “Even before the smoke cleared, and the fires had put out, Americans began to answer the call to step forward to serve this nation. And they did so by the millions,” he said.

What the world learned on September 11, 2001

MorePresident Trump’s Proclamation for Patriot Day, 2018

Tuesday September 11th, 2018

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Trump visits Shanksville, designates 'Patriot Day 2018' on 17th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

President Trump on Tuesday arrived at Shanksville, Pa., to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/11/trump-designates-patriot-day-2018-on-17th-anniversary-911-attacks.html

 

U.S. Small Business Optimism Just Hit Its Highest Level in History

A measure of optimism among U.S. small-business owners rose to a record and exceeded projections as companies planned the most capital spending since 2007 and hiring intentions hit an all-time high, a National Federation of Independent Business survey showed Tuesday.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-11/u-s-small-business-optimism-at-record-high-on-hiring-spending

 

Brett Kavanaugh is pro-Constitution, not pro- or anti-executive power

One day, the Democrats complained that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lacks sufficient deference to the executive, that he could “ could cripple the next Democratic president.”

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/brett-kavanaugh-is-pro-constitution-not-pro-or-anti-executive-power

 

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AMERICA’S ECONOMY IS BOOMING THANKS TO PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP

“We have accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

AN ECONOMIC TURNAROUND: President Donald J. Trump has delivered an economic turnaround following the weak economic trends of the previous Administration.

President Trump has turned around many of the flat economic trends experienced under the Obama Administration.

·       Under President Trump, small business optimism has soared relative to previous trends.

o   In a recent National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) survey, 32 percent of small businesses said now is a good time to expand, compared to only 11 percent in NFIB’s November 2016 survey.

·       Business investment was on a downward trend prior to President Trump taking office, and is now up by more than $300 billion over the 2016 trend.

·       Orders and shipments of capital goods used by businesses to make consumer products were on a downward trend before President Trump’s election and have jumped up sharply since.

·       Business applications were on a flat trend prior to President Trump taking office and have surged upwards since.

·       The number of prime-age workers re-entering the workforce has significantly increased compared to the November 2016 trend.  

 

HISTORIC ECONOMIC SUCCESS: President Trump’s pro-growth policies have led to an undeniable economic resurgence, benefitting American businesses and workers.

·       GDP growth rose to 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, putting the economy on track to grow by more than 3 percent over the calendar year. 

·       More than 3.5 million jobs have been created since President Trump took office, and total job openings have surpassed the number of job seekers for the first time on record.

·       The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in August 2018, bringing the rate below 4 percent for the fourth time this year and only the ninth time since 1970 that has occurred.  

·       Manufacturer optimism has reached its highest level on record, according to a recent survey.

 

DENYING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE: President Trump has achieved clear success in jump starting the economy, defying repeated attempts to credit the Obama Administration.

·       Media, commentators, economists, and Democratic officials have all sought to credit the Obama Administration for President Trump’s economic success.   

·       In August 2018, Larry Summers claimed “The President has taken credit for far more economic success than he deserves.”

·       Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist to Vice President Joe Biden, said “there’s not a shred of evidence” President Trump has contributed to strong economic trends.

·       The Washington Post’s Nicole Lewis, “One year into the presidency, we are probably still feeling the effects of policies laid out by the previous administration.”

·       The Washington Post’s Philip Bump claimed “economic trends largely continued” following President Trump taking office.

·       The New York Times reporters wrote that “most if not all of the positive indicators continue trends that began during the Obama Administration.”

·       According to Christopher Rugaber from the Associated Press, “the economy remains essentially the same sturdy one [President Trump] inherited from Barack Obama.”

Monday September 10th, 2018

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Above all else, Kavanaugh is a good man

Since his nomination to the Supreme Court in July, much has been said about Brett Kavanaugh. Much has been written and discussed about his record as a judge, but little has been said about who he is as a person.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/09/10/another-view-above-all-else-kavanaugh-a-good-man/

Trump has set economic growth on fire. Here is how he did it

President Donald Trump is more than 19 months into an administration engulfed in so much controversy that it may overshadow a tremendous achievement, namely an economic boom uniquely his.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/07/how-trump-has-set-economic-growth-on-fire.html

 

Trump administration to close Palestinian leadership's office in a bid to mount pressure over peace deal

The Trump administration is reportedly set to announce the closing of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington, D.C., in a bid to pressure the Palestinian leadership to participate in Middle East peace efforts.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/10/trump-administration-to-close-palestinian-leaderships-office-in-bid-to-mount-pressure-over-peace-deal.html

 

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BLOCKBUSTER JOBS REPORT IS ANOTHER WIN FOR AMERICAN WORKERS

Today’s jobs report continues America’s economic winning streak under President Donald J. Trump, evidenced by strong job creation, rising wages, rapid business growth, and soaring confidence. 

 

THE WASHINGTON POST: U.S. Economy Adds 201,000 Jobs in August as Strong Hiring Continues

“The U.S. economy added jobs for the 95th straight month in August, a record-setting streak. The nation added a robust 201,000 jobs in August, the Labor Department reported Friday, and the national unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, one of the lowest levels in half a century.”

FINANCIAL TIMES: US Wages Grow at Fastest Pace in Nine Years

“US wages rose at their quickest pace in nine years in August as the latest labour market data also revealed the economy added more jobs than Wall Street forecast. The latest non-farm payrolls data continue to cast the US economy - which in the June quarter grew at its fastest pace in nearly four years - in a positive light…”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Layoffs Just Reached a Half-Century Low

“Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., declined to a seasonally adjusted 203,000 in the last week of August, the Labor Department said Thursday. This is the lowest level of unemployment benefit applications since the end of 1969. Though data can be volatile from week to week, the four-week moving average of claims, a steadier measure, also fell to a 49-year low, signaling overwhelming tightness in the U.S. labor market.”

REUTERS: U.S. Second-Quarter GDP Growth Raised to 4.2 Percent

“U.S. economic growth was a bit stronger than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its best performance in nearly four years and putting the economy on track to hit the Trump administration’s goal of 3 percent annual growth.”

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: US Services Firms Saw Growth Quicken in August

“U.S. services companies grew at a faster pace in August as business activity and new orders rebounded. The Institute for Supply Management saidThursday that its services index rose to 58.5 last month from 55.7 in July. Readings above 50 signal an expanding economy.”

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: Boom Times: 83% Execs Say Business is Better, 76% See More Growth

“Over eight-in-10 executives believe that business is better than it was two years ago, and almost as many expect further growth in the third year of the Trump administration, according to a new survey of decision makers. The Zogby Poll from Zogby Analytics, provided to Secrets Friday, also found that both big and small businesses see the economic climate in great shape.”

MARKETWATCH: American Manufacturers Growing at Fastest Pace in 14 years, ISM finds

“American manufacturers are on a roll: Business conditions surged in August to a 14-year high, according to a survey of industry executives. The Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index jumped to a 14-year high of 61.3% last month from 58.1% in July. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch had forecast the index to total 57.9%. Readings over 50% indicate more companies are expanding instead of shrinking.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Richmond Fed’s Manufacturing Index Jumped in August

“An index measuring manufacturing activity across the central Atlantic region expanded in August, according to a report released Tuesday. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said in a report its composite manufacturing index rose to 24 in August from 20 in July. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal expected a reading of 17 in August.”

CNBC: Consumer Confidence Pops in August to Highest Level Since October 2000

“Consumer confidence rose in August to its highest level since October 2000, building on July’s solid result. The Conference Board’s index climbed to 133.4 in August, despite expectations from a survey of Reuters’ economists that it would fall to 126.7.”

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.4% in July

“Household spending—or what Americans paid for all goods and services, such as groceries and health care—rose 0.4% in July, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That marked another healthy gain after months of strong growth.”

 

Wednesday September 5th, 2018

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Kavanaugh shows why he'd be a great Supreme Court justice --too bad Dems are all about demonization

After sitting through almost seven hours of opening statements from senators and repeated outbursts from protesters at his confirmation hearingTuesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh showed why he would be an outstanding Supreme Court Justice when he delivered a brief opening statement.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/05/john-yoo-kavanaugh-shows-why-hed-be-great-supreme-court-justice-too-bad-dems-are-all-about-demonization.html

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings confirm Democratic cynicism

Anyone who has been in Washington for more than a decade knows that there is nothing more useless than the first day of a Supreme Court nomination hearing. Usually, it consists of self-important speeches from senators that seem to stretch on to the crack of doom. If there’s anyone on the committee running for president — Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., we're looking at you — he or she tends to be windier and say even more ridiculous things than the others.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/brett-kavanaughs-confirmation-hearings-confirm-democratic-cynicism

US factory activity races to 14-year high in Aug; construction spending rises slightly in July

U.S. manufacturing activity accelerated to more than a 14-year high in August, boosted by a surge in new orders, but growing concerns over rising raw material costs as a result of import tariffs could restrain further growth.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/04/us-construction-spending-rises-slightly-in-july.html

 

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JUDGE BRETT M. KAVANAUGH IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY QUALIFIED AND DESERVING NOMINEE FOR THE SUPREME COURT

“Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. … There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

EXCEPTIONALLY QUALIFIED: Judge Kavanaugh’s extensive experience and credentials make him one of the most exceptionally qualified Supreme Court nominees in history.

  •  On the night of his nomination, USA Today reported that “[o]n paper … Kavanaugh may be the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in generations.”
  • The American Bar Association unanimously gave him its highest rating: well-qualified.
  • He has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, often called the Nation’s “second highest court,” for more than 12 years. 
  • He has written more than 300 opinions and heard more than 2,000 cases.
  • At least 13 of his opinions have been vindicated by the Supreme Court—an unparalleled record of inf luence and success across the ideological spectrum.
  • He is a co-author of a leading book on judicial precedent and has published nine articles in respected academic law journals.
  • He has taught for more than a decade at the Nation’s two top law schools, Yale and Harvard (where he was hired by then-Dean and now-Justice Elena Kagan).
  • The New York Times noted that his teaching evaluations reflect “glowing praise … [m]ore than a few students said he was the most impressive law school professor they had ever encountered.”
  • He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who became a mentor.
  • He has argued before the Supreme Court.
  • He served more than five years in the White House, including as White House Staff Secretary and as Associate White House Counsel.
  • He was a partner at a respected law firm, where he wrote several Supreme Court briefs and also provided pro bono legal services to a range of clients.
  • He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, where he was an editor on law review.

 

 

INDEPENDENT AND IMPARTIAL: Judge Kavanaugh has a clear record as an independent and impartial arbiter of the law.

  • He bases his rulings on the law—not politics, policy, or the identities of the litigants.
  • He has ruled both for and against businesses, workers, environmentalists, landowners, civil-rights plaintiffs, political parties, and criminal defendants.
  • He ruled against the Republican National Committee in one campaign-finance case and in favor of Emily’s List (a liberal pro-choice group) in another campaign-finance case.
  • He ruled in favor of a pro se African-American plaintiff who had been called the “n-word” at work, concluding that he had endured a hostile work environment.
  • He has ruled in favor of convicted drug dealers and murderers who were denied fair trials.
  • He has ruled in favor of environmentalist plaintiffs and the Environmental Protection Agency in some cases, and in favor of Western landowners and coal miners in others.
  • He ruled at least 23 times against Bush Administration agencies from 2006 to 2008.
  • His opinions are as likely to be joined in full by his Democrat-appointed colleagues (88.67 percent) as by his Republican-appointed colleagues (88.94 percent).
  • On at least 10 occasions, he has sided with a Democrat-appointed colleague over the dissent of a Republican-appointed colleague.
  • Chief United States Circuit Judge Garland (appointed by President Clinton and nominated for the Supreme Court by President Obama) has joined Judge Kavanaugh’s majority opinions 96.43 percent of the time.

 

DEVOTED TO PRECEDENT: Judge Kavanaugh’s work demonstrates a strong devotion to precedent and stability in the law.

  • He co-wrote a leading book on judicial precedent with 10 other judges.
  • The book explains that precedent is critical to stability in the law and “allows individuals to plan their affairs and to safely judge their legal rights.”
  • He has written that it is “essential for courts to be as consistent as we possibly can.”
  • His decisions have invoked stare decisis (the need to follow precedent).
  • In one opinion, he described an earlier decision as “wrongly decided,” but said it was “water over the dam” because he was “bound to apply that precedent.”

MODEL OF CHARACTER: Throughout his career, Judge Kavanaugh has proven to be a model of character, integrity, and public service.

  • His mother, a trailblazing prosecutor and trial judge in Maryland, inspired him to pursue a career in law.
  • He has spent 25 of the 28 years of his career in public service.
  • He tutors low-income students, serves meals to the homeless, and is a lector at church.
  • He coaches his daughters’ basketball teams and serves as a mentor to his players.
  • The mother of one player described how Judge Kavanaugh has taken her daughter to the school’s father-daughter dance every year since her husband passed away.
  • He is a leader for gender equality and for supporting women in the workplace.
  • More than half of the law clerks he has hired (25 of 48) are women.
  • He was the first D.C. Circuit Judge ever to hire an all-female class of law clerks.
  • Eighty-four percent of his female law clerks have gone on to clerk at the Supreme Court.
  • In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, his female law clerks called him “one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers” and said the legal profession is “fairer and more equal” because of him.
  • He is a leader in promoting racial equality and advancing minorities in the workplace.
  • He wrote a law review article about ending racial discrimination in jury selection.
  • He regularly visits the Yale and Harvard Black Law Students Association and has taken an active role in helping minority students obtain judicial clerkships.
  • Twenty-seven percent of the law clerks he has hired (13 of 48) are racial/ethnic minorities.
  • More than 10 percent of the law clerks he has hired (5 of 48) are African American—much greater than the percentage of African Americans at top law schools.

Friday August 31st, 2018

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Jobless claims scraping lows not seen since 1969

The already small number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits each week touched a new bottom in late August that by one measure was the lowest level since 1969

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-scraping-lows-not-seen-since-1969-2018-08-30

Brett Kavanaugh is the right pick for justice of the Supreme Court

When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy—who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan—announced he was going to step down from the court there was a lot of discussion about what kind of person should replace him. Many people said it should be someone smart and widely respected who has a lot of judicial experience. Others said it should be someone fair and impartial who understands that the proper role of the court is not to legislate from the bench.

https://www.clermontsun.com/2018/08/30/sen-rob-portman-brett-kavanaugh-is-the-right-pick-for-justice-of-the-supreme-court/

 

Trump Labor Department boosts apprenticeship push with new website

The Labor Department unveiled on Thursday a new website to promote business apprenticeship programs, apprenticeship.gov, billed as a "one-stop source for all things apprenticeship." The free site is essentially a search engine intended to help employers promote opportunities for apprenticeships and to help workers find them. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/trump-labor-department-boosts-apprenticeship-push-with-new-website

 

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 The reviews for President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico trade deal are in

The success of President Donald J. Trump’s preliminary trade deal with Mexico is clear from the broad support it’s attracted. Following this week’s announcement, the U.S. stock market reached record highs, while everyone from business leaders to labor unions praised the agreement’s stronger terms for American products and American workers.

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ climbed to all-time highs following Monday’s announcement. And it wasn’t just the U.S. stock market that responded positively: Global markets took off as well. According to Reuters, “a global stocks index advanced to more than five-month highs on Tuesday,” clearly buoyed by investor optimism. “Indexes across Europe and Asia followed Wall Street’s lead, inching to multi-month highs.”

As promised by President Trump, American workers stand to gain by renegotiating trade deals on the world stage. Christian Science Monitor had this to say about delivering on that promise: “A new United States-Mexico deal could end up doing something novel for an international trade agreement: putting concerns of workers near the center of the accord.

The support for President Trump’s NAFTA renegotiation runs broad and deep. 

 

Wednesday August 29th, 2018

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US consumer confidence rises to 18-year high

Americans’ consumer confidence rose in August to the highest level in nearly 18 years as their assessment of current conditions improved further and their expectations about the future rebounded.

https://apnews.com/a9444498173d4f42a52c83adb947fa74/US-consumer-confidence-rises-to-18-year-high

 

U.S. Workers Report Highest Job Satisfaction Since 2005

Just more than half of U.S. workers—51%—said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2017, the highest level since 2005, according to a new report from The Conference Board, a business-research group.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-workers-report-highest-job-satisfaction-since-2005-1535544000

 

Boom! US economy logs best performance in nearly 4 years

U.S. economic growth was a bit stronger than initially thought in the second quarter, notching its best performance in nearly four years, as businesses boosted spending on software and imports declined.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/29/second-estimate-of-q2-2018-gdp.html

 

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Markets soar as President announces new deal

A day after President Trump announced a preliminary trade deal with Mexico, news broke that consumer confidence in August has reached its highest level since October 2000, CNBC reports.

That’s big news: Consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of all U.S. economic activity, so economists pay close attention to it. “These historically high confidence levels should continue to support healthy consumer spending in the near-term,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at The Conference Board.

The S&P 500 and NASDAQ also soared to record highs yesterday as President Trump made good on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “This is something that’s very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries,” President Trump told President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto in a phone call from the Oval Office yesterday.

“The Teamsters Union has long been a leader in demanding real reforms to NAFTA to make it work for workers across all of North America,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “We believe that the Administration has taken real steps to deal with our concerns.”

CNBC: Consumer confidence pops to highest level since 2000

In their words“Our Negotiator-in-Chief will close a deal [for] all Americans.”

Ivanka Trump: Why we must empower women

Yesterday, Ivanka Trump joined Ambassadors from across the Western Hemisphere at the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C. Her message was simple: Women’s economic empowerment makes everyone better off.

“We believe, we know that the world is more prosperous, more peaceful when women can fully participate in the economy,” Ms. Trump told OAS. “Advancing economic opportunity for women in our hemisphere is essential to fostering lasting peace, stability, and opportunities in the Americas.”

Watch Ivanka Trump discuss the importance of women’s empowerment.

MorePresident Trump honors the anniversary of women’s suffrage.

 

Tuesday August 28th, 2018

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 S&P 500, Nasdaq jump to record highs as US and Mexico strike trade deal

Stocks jumped on Monday as the United States and Mexico closed a new trade deal, potentially removing a source of uncertainty that had been plaguing investors for months.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/us-stocks-to-open-higher-after-powell-signals-further-rate-hikes.html

 

Trump ends Obama's war on coal

Last week's announcement from the Trump administration, on the EPA’s new Affordable Clean Energy Plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, is another welcome addition to President Trump’s list of promises fulfilled that benefit American workers.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/rep-steve-scalise-trump-ends-obamas-war-on-coal?utm_source=Examiner%20Today_08/27/2018&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_Examiner%20Today

 

Trump announces 17th wave of judicial nominees, tabs two women for circuit courts

President Trump on Monday announced two new appeals court nominees and two more picks for district court judges, continuing to fulfill his promise of reshaping the federal bench with a conservative bent.

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/27/trump-announces-17th-wave-judicial-nominees/

 

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Strengthening NAFTA for Agriculture

The United States and Mexico have reached an agreement to benefit American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.  While agriculture has generally performed well under NAFTA, important improvements in the agreement will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly. 

Key Achievement: Maintaining Zero Tariffs on Agricultural Products

Under a modernized agreement, tariffs on agricultural products traded between the United States and Mexico will remain at zero.

Key Achievement: Setting Unprecedented Standards for Agricultural Biotechnology

For the first time, the agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology to support 21st century innovations in agriculture. The text covers all biotechnologies, including new technologies such as gene editing, whereas the Trans-Pacific Partnership text covered only traditional rDNA technology.  Specifically, the United States and Mexico have agreed to provisions to enhance information exchange and cooperation on agricultural biotechnology trade-related matters.

Key Achievements: Significant Commitments to Reduce Trade Distorting Policies, Improve Transparency, and Ensure Non-Discriminatory Treatment for Agricultural Product Standards

Building on NAFTA, the United States and Mexico agree to work together in other fora on agriculture matters, improve transparency and consultations on matters affecting trade between the two countries, and provide for non-discriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products.  

The United States and Mexico agreed to several provisions to reduce the use of trade distorting policies, including:

·         To not use export subsidies or World Trade Organization (WTO) special agricultural safeguards for products exported to each other’s market.

·         Improved commitments to increase transparency and consultation regarding the use of export restrictions for food security purposes.

·         If supporting producers, to consider using domestic support measures that have minimal or no trade distorting or production effects and ensure transparency of domestic support and supply management programs. 

To facilitate the marketing of food and agricultural products, Mexico and the United States agree that grading standards and services will be non-discriminatory, including for grains and that grading will operate independently from domestic registration systems for grain and oilseed varietals.  

Key Achievement:  Enhanced Rules for Science-Based Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

In the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures chapter, the United States and Mexico have agreed to strengthen disciplines for science-based SPS measures, while ensuring Parties maintain their sovereign right to protect human, animal, and plant life or health.  Provisions include increasing transparency on the development and implementation of SPS measures; advancing science-based decision making; improving processes for certification, regionalization and equivalency determinations; conducting systems-based audits; improving transparency for import checks; and working together to enhance compatibility of measures.  The new agreement would establish a new mechanism for technical consultations to resolve issues between the Parties.

Key Achievement:  New Disciplines on Geographic Indications and Common Names for Cheeses

For the first time in NAFTA, the United States and Mexico have agreed to geographical indication standards that: enhance transparency for opposition and cancellation proceedings for geographical indications (GIs); establish a mechanism to consult on GIs pursuant to international agreements; and allow for additional factors that may be taken into account in determining whether a term is a common name instead of a GI.  In addition, for the first time in a United States trade agreement, Mexico and the United States agreed to not restrict market access in Mexico for U.S. cheeses labeled with certain names.  

Key Achievement: Prohibiting Barriers for Alcoholic Beverages

 The United States and Mexico agreed to labeling and certification provisions that will help the countries avoid barriers to trade in wine and distilled spirits.  Mexico agreed to continue recognition of Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive products of the United States.  The United States agreed to continue recognition of Tequila and Mezcal as distinctive products of Mexico.

Key Achievement:  New Protections for Proprietary Food Formulas

The United States and Mexico agreed on the first ever Annex on Proprietary Food Formulas, which requires each Party to protect the confidentiality of proprietary formulas for food products in the same manner for domestic and imported products.  It also limits such information requirements to what is necessary to achieve legitimate objectives.

Monday August 27th, 2018


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The case for Brett Kavanaugh

United States Supreme Court nominations are one of the most important responsibilities the Constitution entrusts to the President of the United States. The President has put forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A jurist with impeccable credentials, President Trump clearly took this responsibility very seriously and I commend his decision.

http://www.sungazette.com/opinion/other-commentaries/2018/08/the-case-for-brett-kavanaugh/

 

Nasdaq hits 8,000 for the first time as US and Mexico move closer to striking NAFTA deal

Stocks jumped on Monday as the United States and Mexico drew closer to a deal on NAFTA. Investors also digested reassuring comments from Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on the central bank's policy-tightening path.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/us-stocks-to-open-higher-after-powell-signals-further-rate-hikes.html

 

Brett Kavanaugh and the Encroaching Administrative State

Brett Kavanaugh will make an outstanding Supreme Court justice, in part because he actually wants the job. That is, he refuses to cede his judicial responsibilities to the encroaching administrative state.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/brett-kavanaugh-nomination-he-will-interpret-law-preserve-due-process/

 

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 PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO RENEGOTIATE NAFTA

“America has … finally turned the page on decades of unfair trade deals that sacrificed our prosperity and shipped away our companies, our jobs, and our Nation’s wealth.” – President Donald J. Trump

 

A PROMISE KEPT: President Donald J. Trump is delivering on his promise to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) so all American workers can benefit.

  • The Administration has secured a preliminary United States–Mexico Trade Agreement that modernizes and rebalances the trade relationship to reflect the realities of the 21st century.
  • This agreement will create more reciprocal trade that grows the economy, supports high-paying jobs for American workers, and protects American intellectual property.
  • The preliminary agreement is a mutually beneficial win for North American farmers, ranchers, workers, and businesses.
  • President Trump is following through after years of promises by politicians to fix NAFTA.
  • This is the first time that a modern United States trade agreement has been renegotiated.
  • The preliminary agreement will benefit American workers, American manufacturing, and American agriculture, through provisions including: 
  • New “rules of origin” requirements to incentivize billions a year in vehicle and automobile parts production in the United States, supporting high-wage jobs.
  • The strongest, fully enforceable labor standards of any trade agreement.
  • New commitments to reduce trade-distorting policies for agricultural goods.
  • Improvements enabling food and agriculture to trade more fairly.
  • Strong and effective intellectual property protections.
  • The strongest disciplines on digital trade of any international agreement.
  • The most robust transparency obligations of any United States trade agreement.

MODERNIZING NAFTA: The 24-year-old NAFTA was outdated and unbalanced, hurting American jobs and businesses.

  • Many Americans have been hurt by closed factories, exported jobs, and broken political promises resulting from the old NAFTA.
  • NAFTA has contributed to our ballooning annual goods trade deficit, which grew from $115 billion in 1993, the year before NAFTA’s implementation, to nearly $800 billion in 2017.
  • The United States went from a $1.6 billion goods trade surplus with Mexico to a $70 billion goods trade deficit during that same time period.
  • The old NAFTA includes many outdated provisions that have not been updated to reflect modern standards, new technologies, or the 21st century global economy.

NEGOTIATING FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER: President Trump has made it a priority of his Administration to replace unfair deals with free, fair, and reciprocal trade.

  • Since taking office, President Trump has undertaken multiple trade negotiations in addition to NAFTA that will benefit American workers.    
  • President Trump reached an agreement with the European Commission to work toward zero tariffs, increase energy exports, reduce non-tariff barriers, and address unfair trade.
  • Keeping another campaign promise, the Trump Administration successfully secured key amendments to the trade agreement with South Korea to strengthen our manufacturing base.

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

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This is why all Americans should support President Trump on immigration

Donald Trump was serious when he campaigned on stricter enforcement of immigration laws. With “zero-tolerance” for illegal border crossers, a travel moratorium from certain countries and stricter limits on the number of legal immigrants, the president has kept his promise (short of building the wall) to reduce the number of newcomers to the United States.

https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/ben-boychuk/article216734315.html#storylink=cpy

 

Ben Carson touts housing department's focus on affordable living during Beaver County tour

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson had just gotten done reading an astronaut book to the children — the theme: if you believe it, you can do it — when the eight youngsters from Ambridge told him what they want to be when they grow up.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/west/2018/08/20/Ben-Carson-Keith-Rothfus-Beaver-County-housing-tour-affordability-Economy-Village/stories/201808200123

 

Tenney, McMahon meet with small-business owners

Local small-business owners Monday had a chance to share their feedback with a member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

http://www.uticaod.com/news/20180821/tenney-mcmahon-meet-with-small-business-owners

 

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ICE successfully removes Nazi camp guard

Overnight, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a 2004 order of deportation for Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi SS labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland. After World War II, Palij lied about being a Nazi and became a resident of Queens, New York.

Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany. Despite the 2004 removal order, past administrations were unsuccessful in expelling Palij from America.

To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. His long-overdue deportation sends a strong message: The United States will not tolerate those who facilitated Nazi crimes and other human rights violations, and they will not find a safe haven on U.S. soil.

Read the White House’s full statement on Jakiw Palij’s removal.

WatchPresident Trump honors ICE and CBP officers yesterday.

 

Saving 40+ states from high energy costs

It’s a myth that the United States cannot lower emissions while promoting American energy dominance on the world stage. But the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) sacrificed affordable, competitive energy in favor of bureaucratic red tape.

The Trump Administration is proposing the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule to restore the proper role of states under the Clean Air Act. Under the Obama CPP, working- and middle-class families would’ve been hit with higher electricity costs—as much as double-digit price increases in 40 states. Partly as a result, a bipartisan majority of Congress formally disapproved of the CPP.

The new ACE Rule, on the other hand, proposes new emissions guidelines while giving states flexibility in how to achieve them. That will allow different parts of the country to construct diverse, reliable energy portfolios that best fit their specific needs.

President Trump: “We’re ending intrusive EPA regulations that kill jobs.”

More: Reliable and affordable energy is the foundation of American strength.