Trump Boasts About Economy
President Trump, hoping to steer attention away from White House intrigue, is reminding everyone that the stock market is soaring, unemployment is low, and consumer confidence is high. At the same time, the administration is reportedly about to investigate what it considers China’s unfair trade practices. The president routinely bashed China’s trade policies during the campaign and now may be ready to take action.
Legal Immigration Bill On Tap For Today
Two Republican Senators will join President Trump today to announce a new proposal that deals with legal immigration. They want to reduce the number of immigrants entering the country, but also ensure that the newcomers possess skills that will help America’s economy. Right now the USA admits an estimated one-million legal immigrants every year, and Republicans worry that lower-skilled immigrants are a drag on wages.
Illegal Immigrants Flood Federal Prisons
Meanwhile, Homeland Security has announced that nearly a quarter of all federal inmates are immigrants, the majority of them in the country illegally. The estimated cost of keeping a federal prisoner locked up for a year is $32,000.
Self-Doubt Gnaws at GOP
The Hill reports that many Republicans, even though they have displayed an ability to get elected, are questioning their ability to govern effectively. With their vow to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare off the table, the GOP now turns to other thorny issues such as tax reform and the debt ceiling. The single biggest item on their agenda will be a tax bill that lowers rates and simplifies the code. Republican leaders are debating whether they should seek Democratic help or simply go at it alone.
Newt: Pass Tax Cuts or it’s Speaker Pelosi
In an op-ed published today, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warns his fellow Republicans that they had better enact tax reform … or else. The “or else” is the possibility that Democrats will take over the house, a prospect that sends shivers down the spines of many on the right. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats in the Senate have laid down specific conditions that must be met before they will cooperate.
SecState Tillerson Rejects $80-million
It’s not often that a government official turns down money already allocated by Congress, but that’s exactly what Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is doing. Over the objections of his own staff, Tillerson is spurning money set aside to combat various types of propaganda. The former CEO of ExxonMobil has been trying to pare the State Department’s budget.
Affirmative Action Under Fire
The Department of Justice is taking aim at the racially discriminatory admissions policies that reign on many, if not most, college campuses. While other administrations have winked and looked the other way, the DOJ is ready to investigate policies that favor black and Hispanic applicants and discriminate against high-performing Asian students.
Coast Guard Jumps Ship on Transgender Policy
Commandant Paul Zukunft, head of the United States Coast Guard, is openly defying President Trump’s Twitter edict about transgenders in the armed forces. The commandant vows that he “will not break faith” with transgender individuals under his command. The Pentagon still has not received any formal orders regarding the policy.
Republican Senator Suddenly a Democratic Hero
Senator Jeff Flake, Republican from Arizona, is being fawned over by liberal pundits and Democratic politicians. His book “Conscience of a Conservative” hammers Donald Trump and his own party, thus earning him invitations to just about every cable news network. Flake did not vote for Trump, but has voted with the president 95.5% of the time.
Commercial Crabber Confronts Al Gore
James Eskridge, a lifelong crabber and mayor of Tangier Island in Virginia, was simply not buying what Al Gore was selling in a Tuesday night CNN town hall. While Gore insisted that “climate change” is causing the island to sink, Eskridge says the sea has not risen at all and storm level has not increased. The mayor is a Trump supporter and a “global warming” skeptic.
Scaramucci Could Lose Millions
Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House Communications Director for little more than a week, may take a financial beating. According to the New York Post, the famously profane “Mooch” may be required to pony up $16-million in taxes to the IRS. Reince Priebus could not be reached for comment.
Scaramucci Gone, But War on Leakers Endures
The White House, besieged by unauthorized leaks to the media, is reportedly about to crack down hard. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Chief of Staff John Kelly have both made it a priority to find and punish leakers in the government. President Trump himself has demanded that Sessions and the DOJ be “much tougher” on leaks, especially those emanating from intelligence agencies.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Getting Hammered
After her IT staffer was caught trying to flee to Pakistan, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is predictably trying to blame the incident on Islamophobia. Some Republicans in Congress are demanding to know why Wasserman Schultz kept Imran Awan on her payroll, even as he was being investigated for theft and computer fraud. Congressman Ron DeSantis, a fellow member of the Florida delegation, calls this “one of the all-time congressional scandals in the last 30 years.”
Proctor & Gamble Uses Racism to Sell Soap
P&G, the most prolific advertiser in the world, has produced a commercial called “The Talk,” in which black parents are seen warning their kids about America’s historic and inherent racism. The company, which makes Crest, Tide, Pampers, and hundreds of other consumer products, evidently feels that its “My Black is Beautiful” campaign will enrich its bottom line.
The Catch of the Year!
Center fielder Austin Jackson of the Cleveland Indians made an astounding, remarkable, unbelievable catch Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Boston. Watch and marvel as Jackson robs Boston’s Hanley Ramirez of a home run.
Last of the “Peanut Butter Dozen” is Nabbed
Twelve inmates, with the help of peanut butter, escaped from an Alabama prison last week. Eleven were caught in a Jif, and now the final escapee has been tracked down in Florida. It is of course tempting to say that the last of the crafty prisoners was found before he could Skippy the country.
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Original article at Bill O’Reilly