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During President Donald J. Trump’s visit to St. Louis on Wednesday, he talked tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks with local workers and business leaders—all while seated in front of a stunning F-15 fighter jet. The President heard from local leaders, who discussed how they were able to offer bonuses and pay raises, as well as hire more workers, because of recently passed tax cuts.
Nucor Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina, announced plans to build a $240 million steel mill in central Florida. Sean Malott, executive director of the Central Florida Development Council, said he believed President Trump’s recent announcement on steel tariffs helped. “It’s one of the reasons the company is looking at expansion opportunities,” Malott said.
On Thursday, the Trump Administration announced sanctions “against several Russian individuals and entities, including a notorious ‘troll farm,’ for their roles related to interference in the 2016 presidential campaign,” CNBC reports. These state-sponsored “troll farms” are anonymous online commentators that use disinformation and propaganda to try to influence U.S. citizens.
This week, daytime television personality Joy Behar issued an apology for “mocking Vice President Pence’s Christian faith and suggesting that his religious views made him mentally ill,” The Washington Post reports. “I think Vice President Pence is right; I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith, and I fell short of that,” Behar said
On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department announced that a federal grand jury has found a Maryland resident guilty of racketeering conspiracy, a charge stemming from his activities in the notorious MS-13 gang. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that Raul Ernesto Landaverde Giron’s conviction is “another victory for the American people against this uniquely barbaric gang.”
“Vice President Mike Pence is set to outline the administration’s views on Latin America and the Caribbean next week in a speech that lays the groundwork for President Donald Trump’s April trip to South America,” The Associated Pressreports. Vice President Pence plans to use the address to call on other countries to increase the pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicholas Maduro.
“Public confidence in American universities has eroded in recent years, and campus administrators have taken notice, blaming not only the high cost of a 4-year degree but the impact of liberal bias in the academy,” Jennifer Harper writes, citing the results of a new survey of college presidents. Overall, more than 8 in 10 college and university presidents listed the perception of liberal political bias as among the contributing factors to this declining confidence.