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Saturday, August 31, 2019
Amidst All That's Fake, Eight Stories Stand Out
G-7 Summit: Trump Strikes 'Billion-Dollar' Trade Deal with Japan -Fox Business “A deal is all but sealed with Japan,” Fox Business reports. “It’s a very big transaction and we’ve agreed in principle,” President Donald J. Trump confirmed alongside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G-7 summit in France this week. President Trump said the Prime Minister agreed to purchase large sums of American farmers’ corn and “expects the billion-dollar deal to be sealed by the time the U.N. General Assembly meets in mid-September.”
Good Riddance to the Flores Decree -The Wall Street Journal “The Trump administration announced last week it will terminate the Flores settlement agreement, a 1997 court decree that has prevented U.S. officials from detaining migrant families and unaccompanied minors for more than 20 days,” John Daniel Davidson writes. “Ending the settlement was the right call. More than any other single policy, it has created a magnet for illegal immigration, essentially guaranteeing entry to unaccompanied minors and any adult who crosses the Rio Grande with a child.”
Younger Workers Report Biggest Gains in Happiness With Pay -The Wall Street Journal The total share of American workers satisfied with their paychecks rose last year, and “the biggest leap came from millennials and Generation Z,” Lauren Weber reports. “In all, nearly 54% of U.S. workers said they were satisfied with their jobs in 2018, the highest share reported in more than two decades.”
James Comey Wants an Apology? This is Myth Becoming Madness -The Hill “The new Justice Department inspector general report released on Thursday establishes that [former FBI Director James] Comey is the very antithesis of the ethical leader he described,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley writes. “Comey was found to have violated both federal law and regulations for his own gain, and he made critical decisions that put personal over institutional interests.”
Trump Establishes Space Command, Defends US Interest in Space -Fox News “President Trump formally announced the re-establishment of the U.S. Space Command on Thursday after a 17-year absence as his administration focuses on concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. satellites,” Louis Casaino writes. “The Senate confirmed Air Force four-star Gen. John ‘Jay’ Raymond to lead U.S. Space Command this past June.”
Not Even 24 Hours Later, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Apologizes for Supposed Russia ‘Scoop’ -Washington Examiner “I asked Wednesday morning how long it would be before the [MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell] retracted or, at the very least, corrected his bogus Russia ‘scoop’ . . . As it turns out, the answer to that question was about 18 hours,” Becket Adams writes. After NBC received a legal demand for retraction, O’Donnell admitted an “error in judgment” in promoting a false story about President Trump’s finances.
Americans’ View of the Current Economy is the Highest in 19 Years -Bloomberg With a majority of Americans approving of President Trump’s economic record, the left is trying to rewrite the story of a blue-collar and middle-class resurgence in the United States. Fortunately, the results keep proving them wrong. “Hiring and income gains are keeping consumers upbeat,” Reade Pickert reports. “The level of confidence could allow for sustained household spending that remains a mainstay of the economy.”
Ivanka Trump to Visit Argentina in September -Buenos Aires Times “Ivanka Trump will travel to Argentina in September to focus on issues that make it difficult for women in developing countries to prosper financially, including lack of access to credit and limits on employment,” the Buenos Aires Times reports. Ms. Trump “plans to also visit Paraguay to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a program started six months ago” by Ms. Trump and the White House.