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Friday News: “Donald the Menace”; “Trump’s Dark New American Exceptionalism”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and others, for Friday, February 3.

  • Quizzical

    Show your Virginia legislators some love


  • Video: Nancy Pelosi Says It’s “Stunning” White Supremacst Steve Bannon is on the National Security Council


  • True Blue

    So I wanted to find something to smile about this morning. These are excerpts from a bullelephant article (not really interested in linking):

    ***This first statement is actually true – “They are angry. I think they are angrier than Republicans were when Obama won. They aren’t going down without a fight.” YES and it’s clear that they still have not a clue about why we’re angry.

    “I understand that many of these Democrat [sic] protesters are paid to spend their time and energy bullying Republican legislators.” NO, I haven’t met anyone who’s paid to march or protest; did they call their own 2010 townhalls “bullying?” Anyone who uses pejorative about the Democratic Party is a hack.

    “Every other Republican Congressman is having their phone’s [sic] blown up by angry liberals armed with the same histrionic talking-points.” SEE Indivisible Guide; SEE Women’s March.

    “This is what the Alinskites do. They will attack you for your strengths.” TALKING PT. – keep deflection on Alinsky?

    “This is an organized political tactic orchestrated by Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, George Soros, and the DNC.” NO, this organized grassroots is beginning to look bigger than the tea party, thank God.

    “This partnership between Democrats and the media will serve as wave after wave of resistance and unrest directed at elected Republican officials.” Ah, the panic of watching 1st Amendment and NOT “alternative facts” at work.

    Lastly, the author’s advice – “If average Republicans are going to sit on their hands for the next four years, fine. I’ll speak to the Trump voters … Supporters – you need to blow up every phone of every state delegate, every state senator, every Congressman and Congresswoman, and even your two far-left-wing Democrat [sic] Senators, and demand that they get on board with Trump’s agenda…”

    • They are wrong, barely literate, and just plain crazy…

      • True Blue

        I’m curious why they don’t have a news blog like this with occasional contributors. Maybe that would take too much time or would they have anything but alternative news from which to link? Conservative sites primarily seem to be mostly opinions of a few contributors.

        I appreciate the time it takes for you to research and locate pertinent and newsworthy articles!

  • As always, thank you President Obama for the amazing job you did turning our economy around from the disaster you inherited to the near “full-employment” you left to your successor. We’ll see how the orange fascist does in holding things together…

    Household Survey Data
    Both the number of unemployed persons, at 7.6 million, and the unemployment rate, at 4.8 percent, were little changed in January. (See table A-1. For information about annual population adjustments to the household survey estimates, see the note on page 5 and tables B and C.)

    Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate for Asians (3.7 percent) increased in January. The jobless rates for adult men (4.4 percent), adult women (4.4 percent), teenagers (15.0 percent), Whites (4.3 percent), Blacks (7.7 percent), and Hispanics (5.9 percent) showed little or no change over the month. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

    In January, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 1.9 million and accounted for 24.4 percent of the unemployed. Over the year, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 244,000. (See table A-12.)

    After accounting for the annual adjustments to the population controls, the civilian labor force increased by 584,000 in January, and the labor force participation rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 62.9 percent. Total employment, as measured by the household survey, was up by 457,000 over the month, and the employment-population ratio edged up to 59.9 percent. (See table A-1. For additional information about the effects of the population adjustments, see table C.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in January at 5.8 million. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find full-time jobs. (See table A-8.)

    In January, 1.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, down by 337,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

    Among the marginally attached, there were 532,000 discouraged workers in January, little changed from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.2 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in January had not searched for work for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

    Establishment Survey Data
    Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 in January. Employment increased in retail trade, construction, and financial activities. (See table B-1. For information about the annual benchmark process, see the note on page 4 and table A.)

    Retail trade employment increased by 46,000 over the month and by 229,000 over the year. Threeindustries added jobs in January—clothing and clothing accessories stores (+18,000), electronics and appliance stores (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishings stores (+6,000). Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December.

    Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000). Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs.

    Financial activities added 32,000 jobs in January, with gains in real estate (+10,000), insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000), and credit intermediation and related activities (+9,000). Financial activities added an average of 15,000 jobs per month in 2016. In January, employment in professional and technical services rose by 23,000, about in line with the average monthly gain in 2016. Over the month, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+13,000).

    Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+30,000). This industry added 286,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in health care also continued to trend up in January (+18,000), following a gain of 41,000 in December. The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months.
    Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

    The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.4 hours in January. In manufacturing, the workweek edged up by 0.1 hour to 40.8 hours, while overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.2 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was 33.6 hours for the sixth consecutive month. (See tables B-2 and B-7.) In January, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 3 cents to $26.00, following a 6-cent increase in December. Over the year, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5 percent. In January, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 4 cents to $21.84. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

    The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for November was revised down from +204,000 to +164,000, and the change for December was revised up from +156,000 to +157,000. With these revisions, employment gains in November and December combined were 39,000 lower than previously reported. Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of seasonal factors. The annual benchmark process also contributed to the November and December revisions. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 183,000 per month.

  • Video: Protestors yell “cowards” and “shame on you” after Virginia Republicans refuse to consider bills to move towards nonpartisan redistricting….


  • Video: LOTS more booing after Virginia House Republicans refuse to move ahead with a nonpartisan redistricting amendment today…


  • Sen. Mark Warner on Iran sanctions:

    “Iran’s ballistic missile test on Sunday was provocative, violating the spirit, and possibly the letter, of the United Nations Security Council Resolution on Iran’s missile program. These actions destabilize the entire region, and it is appropriate for the Administration to lead a multilateral effort to address the behavior. What I said when we signed the Iran nuclear deal in 2015 still holds today – the deal was not a cure for the entire scope of Iran’s bad behavior.
    “The sanctions announced today help ensure Iran pays a price for their continued belligerence, but it’s imperative that the Administration develop and communicate with Congress a broader, well-informed strategy for dealing with Iranian misbehavior that is coordinated in partnership with our allies. Iran continues to jeopardize stability through its testing of ballistic missiles and support of extremist groups. I urge the Administration to bring clarity to their overall strategy towards Iran, and to refrain from ambiguous rhetoric – or provocative tweets – that will exacerbate efforts to confront those challenges.”

  • True Blue

    How about this “party before constituents” demotion for Hawaii representative? http://crooksandliars.com/2017/02/hawaii-state-representative-ousted-gop

    “Republican Representative Beth Fukumoto was reprimanded and stripped of her leadership role in the party for attending the Women’s March last month. She is now considering changing her party affiliation to the Democrats after being told her only duty was to party and not people.”

    “In an interview with NBC News, Fukumoto explained why she participated. “There were many little girls watching [the election] who walked away believing that you can bully people and still win. And what I said at the march was that regardless of who we voted for in the election, it was all of our responsibilities to show those same kids that in the end kindness and respect should always win.””

    “Apparently, she was too critical of Trump for party leaders to tolerate.
    The Republican Party is getting increasingly hostile to different opinions,” she explained. “If you followed what happened at the state convention (in May 2016), I got booed for about 10 minutes straight for raising concerns about President Trump, then nominee Trump, and the way he treated women and minorities in many of his remarks. I, at the time, had said this is not, this should not reflect our party.”” raw story

    “Fukumoto said she repeated those sentiments at the Women’s March last week. She gave an address on the House floor where she said she was told to place party loyalty above the interests of her constituents.”

  • Sen. Mark Warner statement regarding President Trump’s order targeting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law:

    “It was less than a decade ago yet it seems many people have forgotten what led Congress to write and pass Wall Street reform legislation in the first place. In 2008, Lehman Brothers’ collapse caused enough uncertainty across the financial system to trigger a run on nearly every other bank, requiring a $700 billion taxpayer bailout. The resulting financial chaos destroyed millions of jobs, devastated home values, and froze lending to consumers and small businesses. Many Americans, in fact, are still struggling to recover.

    “To ensure that taxpayers don’t end up on the hook for another bank bailout, Congress passed Dodd-Frank legislation. It requires banks to abide by regulatory standards that protect the financial system, hold more capital, and create living wills so they can responsibly pre-plan their bankruptcies. While bankruptcy is the preferred route for resolution, we also created a backup option called Orderly Liquidation Authority (OLA) at the FDIC. In that process, a bank’s shareholders would be wiped out, the management would be fired, and the bank would be wound-down by the FDIC in a safe manner to avoid a repeat of the Lehman-inflicted chaos. This process has become the model for foreign countries to wind-down their megabanks, and since 2010, our regulators have worked diligently with the Bank of England and other foreign counterparts to ensure a global megabank can be resolved without tapping taxpayer dollars.

    “While some targeted relief to community banks is appropriate, we cannot afford to undo Dodd Frank’s essential safeguards.”