“President Trump signed a $716 billion defense bill Monday that authorizes hundreds of new planes, ships and tanks — and delivers a substantial victory to the administration,” Dave Boyer reports. President Trump called the new National Defense Authorization Act “the most significant investment in our military, and in our war fighters, in modern history” while speaking to troops at Fort Drum, New York.
Andrew Duehren reports that “the unemployment rate among young Americans fell to its lowest level in more than 50 years this summer,” according to the Department of Labor. “Low unemployment among young people shows that in a tight labor market more opportunities are opening to groups that historically have struggled to find jobs.”
“Brett Kavanaugh may well be one of the most qualified jurists ever nominated for the High Court,” David French writes. “Once again, the Democrats have taken their swing at an outstanding nominee. Once again, they’ve missed.”
Leia Klingel writes that “small business owners’ optimism touched a 35-year high in July, with businesses setting records in terms of job creation and hiring,” according to a new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business. “In July 2018, the NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index marked its second highest level in the survey’s 45-year history.”
“Federal agencies, led by Labor and Health and Human Services, are cutting Obama-era regulations and saving money faster than demanded by President Trump,” Paul Bedard reports, citing a new report from the American Action Forum. “As a result, the administration is expected to easily meet the president’s order to cut at least two old regulations for every new one issued.”
“Americans are smart enough to know a better economy when they see one,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes. “Apparently Americans are believing their own eyes”—not negative political spin.
“After years of slow growth and stagnant wages under the last administration, under this president, the American economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in nearly 15 years,” Vice President Mike Pence writes.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes that in response to President Trump’s plan to halt the opioid crisis, the Justice Department has begun Operation Synthetic Opioids Surge (SOS). “Under Operation SOS, I am ordering our prosecutors in 10 districts with some of the highest overdose death rates to prosecute every synthetic opioid trafficking case, no matter how small.”
“Americans increasingly want the Senate to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a new Quinnipiac poll,” Becket Adams writes. “The growing support from Kavanaugh is coming primarily from independents.”