• In Second Year, Trump Still Lags Far Behind Predecessors on Political Appointments

    In Second Year, Trump Still Lags Far Behind Predecessors on Political Appointments

    As of Jan. 12, Trump hasn’t nominated people to fill key positions at the Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service, State Department, and other bureaucracies, some of which he had stressed a desire to make major changes in. In many cases, that means career government employees from the Obama administration are filling the mid-level positions on an interim basis.

    Trump has no nominee for 252 of the 633 key positions requiring Senate confirmation, according to the Partnership for Public Service, which tracks presidential appointments. That’s well behind every predecessor going back to at least President George H.W. Bush, each of whom had the bulk of nominees confirmed by this point in their administration, according to the organization. READ MORE...

  • Trump Joins Governors in Backing Prison Reform

    Trump Joins Governors in Backing Prison Reform

    President Donald Trump has dedicated his administration to “law and order.” Perhaps keeping that in mind, ahead of his meeting with the president, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said prison reform isn’t soft on crime, but “smart on crime.”

    Numerous states have enacted criminal justice laws to lighten penalties for nonviolent offenders and help ex-prisoners transition into society to reduce recidivism. At the encouragement of White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, Trump is taking a national look at the matter. READ MORE...

  • 6 Actions States, Federal Government Could Take on Obamacare, Health Care in 2018

    6 Actions States, Federal Government Could Take on Obamacare, Health Care in 2018

    Many states are eager to reverse the damage from Obamacare in 2018, but in some cases, they will need help from Congress, leading health care experts say.

    “A lot of states would like to act in 2018, but there is a lot of uncertainty while they are waiting on Congress and the administration,” Grace-Marie Turner, president of the Galen Institute, a free-market health care advocacy group, told The Daily Signal.

    In 39 states where the federal government administers health exchanges, health insurance premiums increased an average of 105 percent between 2013 to 2017. Meanwhile, about 70 percent of U.S. counties have only one or two health insurers. READ MORE...

  • In DACA Talks, Trump Open to ‘Comprehensive’ Immigration Deal

    In DACA Talks, Trump Open to ‘Comprehensive’ Immigration Deal

    In deciding what to do about the looming DACA deadline before March, congressional leaders and President Donald Trump agreed Tuesday to address border security, chain migration and the visa lottery program.

    “Truly, it should be a bill of love. But it also has to be a bill where we’re able to secure our border,” @POTUS says.

    That’s according to Republican lawmakers after the meeting with the president. However, in separate press conferences after the meeting, GOP lawmakers indicated the issues would be dealt with together, while Democrats suggested a two-phase approach, to reach a deal on comprehensive immigration reform. READ MORE...

  • 1 Million Americans So Far Getting Pay Raise From Tax Reform

    1 Million Americans So Far Getting Pay Raise From Tax Reform

    One million Americans are getting pay increases because of the tax reform package signed into law in December.

    “More than one million hardworking Americans have already received a ‘Trump Bonus’ or ‘Trump Pay Raise’ as a result of the historic tax reform package that President Donald J. Trump signed into law just before Christmas,” @PressSec says.

    That’s according to Americans for Tax Reform, a conservative group that established a running list of companies that have announced bonuses, wage hikes, and charitable donations. READ MORE...

  • Special Counsel and Russia Probe Seen Likely to Carry On

    Special Counsel and Russia Probe Seen Likely to Carry On

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign, could fracture in multiple directions during 2018 and take its toll on both men.

    “There is no upside for firing Mueller. He has not laid a glove on Trump,” @AndrewCMcCarthy says.

    For Trump, a prolonged probe could mean a slew of unwelcome headlines, but Mueller still faces withering scrutiny for staffing his investigation with lawyers and FBI agents who demonstrated a political bias. READ MORE...

  • 4 Big Signs of a Trump Economic Recovery

    4 Big Signs of a Trump Economic Recovery

    The economic numbers clearly have improved on President Donald Trump’s watch, with unemployment down and consumer confidence stronger.

    “We are just getting started,” @POTUS says.

    “Economic growth has topped 3 percent,” Trump said Thursday at a White House event while addressing his administration’s reduction in regulations. “Two quarters in a row, except for the hurricanes, we would have almost hit 4 percent, and you remember how we were doing when I first took office.”

    Trump also noted a difference between President Barack Obama’s eight years in office and the current outlook. READ MORE...

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