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Sixteen Nominations Sent to the Senate Today

News from the White House - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:08pm


John R. Bass, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Samuel Dale Brownback, of Kansas, to be Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, vice David Nathan Saperstein.

Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, vice Elliot F. Kaye.

Ann Marie Buerkle, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term a of seven years from October 27, 2018.(Reappointment)

Michael James Dodman, of New York, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

J. Steven Dowd, of Florida, to be United States Director of the African Development Bank for a term of five years, vice Walter Crawford Jones, resigned.

Halsey B. Frank, of Maine, to be United States Attorney for the District of Maine for the term of four years, vice Thomas Edward Delahanty II, resigned.

Peter Hoekstra, of Michigan, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Jeffrey B. Jensen, of Missouri, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri for the term of four years, vice Richard G. Callahan, resigned.

Mark A. Klaassen, of Wyoming, to be United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming for the term of four years, vice Christopher A. Crofts, resigned.

Daniel J. Kritenbrink, of Virginia, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

C. J. Mahoney, of Kansas, to be a Deputy United States Trade Representative (Investment, Services, Labor, Environment, Africa, China, and the Western Hemisphere), with the rank of Ambassador, vice Miriam E. Sapiro, resigned.

Byung J. Pak, of Georgia, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia for the term of four years, vice Sally Quillian Yates, resigned.

Brian D. Schroder, of Alaska, to be United States Attorney for the District of Alaska for the term of four years, vice Karen Louise Loeffler, resigned.

Justin Hicks Siberell, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Michele Jeanne Sison, of Maryland, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Haiti.

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Lindsey Graham: Firing Mueller Could Be 'Beginning Of The End Of The Trump Presidency'

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:57pm

The South Carolina senator also vowed "holy hell" if the president axes Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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GOP Lawmaker: It's The Media's Fault That Trump Is Bullying Sessions

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:23pm

"Are you kidding me?" CNN's Kate Bolduan asked Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).

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Pentagon Finally Responds To Trump's Ban On Transgender Troops

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:12pm

The Department of Defense is still awaiting guidance.

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US Coast Guard member pleads no contest in fatal Bloomfield... - WDIV Detroit

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A 43-year-old U.S. Coast Guard member pleaded no contest to murder charges in a fatal crash while he was driving a Maserati in Bloomfield Township.

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Twitter Responds Perfectly To Trump's Treasured Catch Phrase About God And Government

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:05pm

Trump loves to talk about how Americans "don’t worship government, we worship God."

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Boy Scouts Chief Apologizes For Donald Trump's Politically Charged Speech

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:04pm

"We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program," he wrote.

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Joint Statement on Tax Reform

News from the White House - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 2:02pm

Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) issued the following joint statement on tax reform:

“For the first time in many years, the American people have elected a President and Congress that are fully committed to ensuring that ordinary Americans keep more of their hard-earned money and that our tax policies encourage employers to invest, hire, and grow. And under the leadership of President Trump, the White House and Treasury have met with over 200 members of the House and Senate and hundreds of grassroots and business groups to talk and listen to ideas about tax reform. 
“We are all united in the belief that the single most important action we can take to grow our economy and help the middle class get ahead is to fix our broken tax code for families, small business, and American job creators competing at home and around the globe. Our shared commitment to fixing America’s broken tax code represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and so for three months we have been meeting regularly to develop a shared template for tax reform. 
“Over many years, the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have examined various options for tax reform.  During our meetings, the Chairmen of those committees have brought to the table the views and priorities of their committee members. Building on this work, as well as on the efforts of the Administration and input from other stakeholders, we are confident that a shared vision for tax reform exists, and are prepared for the two committees to take the lead and begin producing legislation for the President to sign. 
“Above all, the mission of the committees is to protect American jobs and make taxes simpler, fairer, and lower for hard-working American families. We have always been in agreement that tax relief for American families should be at the heart of our plan. We also believe there should be a lower tax rate for small businesses so they can compete with larger ones, and lower rates for all American businesses so they can compete with foreign ones. The goal is a plan that reduces tax rates as much as possible, allows unprecedented capital expensing, places a priority on permanence, and creates a system that encourages American companies to bring back jobs and profits trapped overseas. And we are now confident that, without transitioning to a new domestic consumption-based tax system, there is a viable approach for ensuring a level playing field between American and foreign companies and workers, while protecting American jobs and the U.S. tax base.  While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform.
“Given our shared sense of purpose, the time has arrived for the two tax-writing committees to develop and draft legislation that will result in the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation.  It will be the responsibility of the members of those committees to produce legislation that achieves the goals shared broadly within Congress, the Administration, and by citizens who have been burdened for too long by an outdated tax system. Our expectation is for this legislation to move through the committees this fall, under regular order, followed by consideration on the House and Senate floors. As the committees work toward this end, our hope is that our friends on the other side of the aisle will participate in this effort. The President fully supports these principles and is committed to this approach. American families are counting on us to deliver historic tax reform. And we will.”


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Insurers Warn GOP That 'Skinny' Bill Would Have Big, Bad Effects

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:42pm

Like the experts, they think this latest scheme would destabilize markets.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders Claims Trump Empowers Working Mothers

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:10pm

The press secretary says she's proof, but really, she's an exception.

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Jason Chaffetz Still Crusading Against Poor People With Smartphones

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:50pm

The ex-lawmaker claims he wants to "help those in need help themselves."

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Boycott Nestlé, but don’t stop there

Daily Kos Michigan Feed - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:18pm

In the wake of the massive lead crisis that left the city of Flint without drinkable water, Michigan is once again facing a ballooning controversy over how it manages its public waters. This time around, the controversy centers on how the world’s biggest food company is seeking to suck out more spring water from Osceola Township’s White Pines Spring. Nestlé, a corporation that’s been involved in more than its fair share of scandals and has faced accusations of misconduct, is profiting from an admittedly sweet deal in which it pumps out water for free and sells it throughout the Midwest under the Ice Mountain brand name. The company already pumps about 250 gallons per minute and wants to ramp up to 400 gallons per minute, for a whopping 210 million gallons every year.

Not surprisingly, the company’s application to sell public goods for private profit has faced massive opposition since it came out. While Nestlé has claimed that its extractions would have no significant impact on stream flow or wetland habitats, the local Sierra Club and other groups have countered that it’s impossible to trust their self-reporting on a resource that takes years to accurately study.

The activists have every reason to distrust Nestlé, a company that’s been involved in a range of scandals over the past decades that stretches far beyond what you’d expect for even a firm of that size. In addition to the Michigan controversy, Nestlé has also been the target of criticism for pumping millions of gallons of public water out of California for profit, even as residents have been ordered to cut their own usage in the midst of the state’s ongoing drought. And its behavior in developing countries, where there is even less government oversight and regulation, has caused even greater damage. More than 40 years after NGOs such as the The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) first pulled the lid off the company’s unethical marketing practices, it looks like it’s time for a new round of action.

Even in the past couple of years, the corporation has left a considerable number of misdeeds in its wake. In September 2015, a report from the Fair Labor Association found that children younger than 15 were working at cocoa farms in Ivory Coast that had links to the Nestlé empire. At one farm, investigators found that a worker had never been paid for a year’s worth of labor. While the company gets a nod for commissioning the report, it came more than a decade after Nestlé promised to end the use of child labor in its supply chains, raising the question of why the issue has continued unresolved. Only two months after that report came out, Nestlé admitted that a series of labor abuses, including coercion, human trafficking, and even slavery, had been discovered in their seafood supply chain in Thailand, which the company uses for its Fancy Feast cat food brand. The company was sued over these findings, but there is still a fair amount of murkiness surrounding its vast network of suppliers, especially in Southeast Asia.

Another ongoing Nestlé scandal that simply won’t fade away centers on the company’s questionable tactics to market infant formula. Decades after the WHO enacted the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in 1981, international watchdogs, such as the IBFAN, say the company has continued to use unethical methods in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to promote infant formula to poor families. Some of these tactics include distributing free samples that interfered with lactation, forcing mothers to buy formula instead of breastfeeding. Nestlé has also encouraged families in developing countries to use milk powder that needs to be mixed with sterilized water – a directive that’s often impossible to fulfill in developing countries due to low literacy rates and unclean water supplies. This means that babies have a much higher risk of being exposed to potentially fatal diseases like cholera.

The most recent round of allegations concerns misconduct by Nestlé employees in China. According to a massive investigation by Reuters, the company’s staff were accused of cozying up to doctors, greasing their palms in order to get them to recommend the company’s formula, flagrantly ignoring a 1995 regulation stipulating that doctors must remain impartial in recommending products to families of infants under six months old. Nestlé’s aggressive marketing tactics have even extended to the realm of private medical data. This summer, six of the company’s employees were charged with bribing doctors and medical staff to obtain patients’ personal information as a way to improve their marketing strategy.

Although the firm has been targeted with a range of lawsuits over these kinds of issues, they’ve had a spotty history, with some failing due to technicalities. In the case of Nestlé’s facilitation of child labor and other abuses in West Africa, the judge dismissed the charges this March, blaming lack of jurisdiction over a foreign complaint involving foreign allegations. But there are other ways to combine the power of boycotts with legal and political action to hit Nestlé where it hurts. For instance, under the vast jurisdiction of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the government can sue any company with US-based branches or bank accounts for bribing foreign officials – charges that could well apply to Nestlé’s misdeeds in China. While there’s been a dry spell in FCPA enforcement since Trump took office, at the very least, the attorney general has called efforts to enforce the law “critical.” It’s a promising sign, since when it comes to tackling corporate misbehavior on such a grand scale, a multi-pronged approach is the only way to get results.

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4 Bizarre Moments From Anthony Scaramucci's CNN Call-In Segment

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:57am

"The president also told me, if you’re nice to me in this segment, he’ll let me come back on the show. Is that cool?"

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Remarks by the Vice President to the NFIB

News from the White House - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:48am

Capitol Visitors Center
Washington, D.C. 

10:22 A.M. EDT

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Juanita.  Give Juanita another round of applause, will you?  She is a great, great champion of small business.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank her for that warm and overly generous introduction and for her leadership of this great organization.

And to be here today to be able to welcome all of you, welcome you to Washington, D.C., it is an honor to be with all of you, with the NFIB, a pillar of American opportunity and prosperity.  (Applause.) 

The National Federation of Independent Business has been such an extraordinary champion over the decades for small businesses and entrepreneurs across this country, and it’s great to be able to address you today.

And it’s a particular honor for me to bring greetings from a friend of mine who himself is a businessman in an independent business who’s fighting every day for job creators just like all of you -- the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.  (Applause.) 

The President sent me here this morning to deliver a message but first and foremost to just to say thanks.  With the strong support of small-business owners like you all across this country, President Trump last fall won a historic victory -- more counties than any President since Ronald Reagan; 30 of 50 states, states no Republican had actually carried in a generation.  And the President and I could couldn’t be more grateful for the men and women of the NFIB who stood with this President all along the way.  Thank you for your support.  (Applause.) 

And before I go any further, let me give you a quick update on one of the President’s top promises and top priorities.  As we speak, the President and I are pleased to report here in this building the United States Senate is moving forward on legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.  (Applause.) 

And in the coming days, with the leadership of our President, the American people and American small businesses I believe will witness the beginning of the end of the Obamacare nightmare.  (Applause.) 

I’ll speak more about that -- I’ll speak more about healthcare in just a few moments.  But first, let me again give my thanks and admiration to all the members of the National Federation of Independent Business. 

NFIB is a titan of American excellence and entrepreneurship.  For nearly 75 years, the NFIB has brought together American small businesses and given them a voice in the halls of government. 

Today those of you gathered in this auditorium at the United States Capitol represent a staggering 325,000 small businesses from every state in this country, and it’s remarkable to think about the impact that each and every one of you have.

You create jobs.  You provide a pathway of opportunity for generations of Americans.  And you are literally the cornerstone of American communities from the smallest towns to the largest cities.

President Trump probably said it best when he said that small businesses in his words, embody the American pioneering spirit and remind us that determination can turn aspiration into achievement every single day.

And he couldn’t be more right about small businesses in America.  Give yourselves a round of applause for the difference that you make each and every day.  (Applause.) 

I just had the joy of meeting with about 20 small businesses from my home state of Indiana, and it’s great to see so many good friends here who I know make a tremendous difference back in the Hoosier State. 

Now they know that I actually grew up in a small family business in a small town in southern Indiana.  I went to work at my dad’s gas stations when I was only about 14 years of age.  I know the sacrifices that small-business owners make, and I know that a small business is really all about family -- whether it’s your immediate family, your extended family, or the family of your employees.  And so I understand and appreciate the sacrifices and the unique joys of being involved in a small business.

And as the world knows, President Trump grew up in a family business, too -- although his ended up to be a little bit bigger than my family’s.  (Laughter.)  

We both know the sacrifices that are required, though, to make a business work.  And more than that, President Trump and I know that when small business is strong, America is strong.  (Applause.) 

We both know small businesses are the engine of the American economy, and since day one of this administration, President Trump has been fighting to restart the engine of this economy and rev it up like never before.

Our President has picked a world-class Cabinet full of entrepreneurs -- including the head of the Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon, who is an outstanding American success story.  (Applause.) 

And with the support of his Cabinet and with the help of the Congress, President Trump has been busy rolling back the heavy hand of government on small business.

I’m happy to report to you this President has actually signed more laws cutting through federal red tape than any President in American history.  (Applause.) 

The legislation the President has already signed that Congress put on his desk is saving businesses like yours up to $18 billion a year in regulatory costs.

In fact, the President also instructed every agency in Washington, D.C. to find two regulations to get rid of before issuing any new federal red tape on America’s job creators.  (Applause.) 

And in case you didn't notice, the American people elected a builder to be President of the United States, and President Trump has already started to rebuild America.  And we won’t stop until America once again has the best roads, the best bridges, the best airports, and the best harbors, and the best future we could ever have.  (Applause.) 

President Trump’s leadership is already making a remarkable difference, too.  Since Inauguration Day I’m pleased to report businesses like those gathered here today have created more than 850,000, new, good-paying jobs all across America.  (Applause.) 

Company after company are responding to the President’s agenda with optimism and investment, like the historic investment that was made in an announcement yesterday at the White House alone by Foxconn, a company investing $10 billion in the heartland of America.

And small businesses and manufacturers we're told haven’t been this confident in a decade or more, and they should be -- because our President is a man of his word.  He’s a man of action.  And under President Donald Trump, American small business is back and prosperity is here to stay!  (Applause.) 

But it has been a busy six months, but the President likes to say in the Oval Office, that's what we call just a good start.  The truth is we got a lot more work to do.  And as I said at the outset, in the coming days, President Trump, working with this Congress, is absolutely committed to rescue the American people from the disaster of Obamacare.  (Applause.) 

We all know the truth:  Every day Obamacare survives is another day that American businesses and American families struggle. 

We all remember the broken promises they made to get Obamacare passed.  They said if you like your doctor you could keep them -- not true.  They said if you liked your health insurance you could keep it -- not true.  We were told the cost of health insurance would go down if Obamacare passed seven years ago -- that one is absolutely not true.

In fact, our administration has confirmed that the average premium on the individual market has more than doubled since Obamacare went into effect less than four years ago, and in many states, it’s more than tripled.

When Obamacare passed, we were actually promised that families would save up to $2,500 in premiums every year, but the average Obamacare plan today costs nearly $3,000 more than a plan did in 2013.  But I don't have to tell small-business owners about the struggle and the crisis in health insurance costs in America today.

You all know also that, while premiums are soaring, choices are plummeting.  Next year, about 40 percent of America's counties, including nine whole states, will have only one choice of a health insurance provider, which means they have no choice at all.

Even worse, dozens of counties will have no health insurance providers whatsoever on the Obamacare exchange in 2018.  It's important to remember that while we think of these statistics and we reflect on them as policymakers, we're talking about real people facing a real crisis.  You all know each and every day that behind every one of these numbers is a name, and behind every name is a story.

As I’ve traveled across the country on our President's behalf, I’ve heard firsthand from job creators and working families about the burden that Obamacare has placed -- the burden of higher costs, fewer choices, and worse care for people who need it.

As Juanita has pointed out, in her words, “the high cost of healthcare has been the number one problem for small-business owners for 30 years.”  But as she noted, “Obamacare turned that problem into a crisis.”

But I want to tell you, Juanita, and to all those gathered here today:  Help is on the way and it's coming soon.  (Applause.) 

You know I have heard this same thing from businesses I have talked to -- small businesses seeing premiums skyrocket by 25 percent or more every single year.  I’ve heard from entrepreneurs who had to actually drop their health insurance because it’s completely unaffordable.  And that's a heartache for a small-business owner.  You want to be able to provide health insurance and benefits for your employees, but you got to make ends meet.  Sometimes you got to make those hard choices.

Worst of all, I’ve heard from job creators who can’t grow, and some who are even struggling to keep their doors open.  The men and women of the National Federation of Independent Business know the truth:  Obamacare has failed and Obamacare must go.  And let me be clear:  This is the moment.  Now is the time.

Despite the opposition of literally every single Democrat in both chambers of Congress, on Tuesday, I'm pleased to report the Senate voted, and I cast the tie-breaker to begin the debate to repeal and replace Obamacare.  And the NFIB was there, helping to make it happen.  (Applause.) 
Let me assure you, President Trump and our entire administration are literally working around the clock with Senate Republicans to finish what they started earlier this week.  Throughout the rest of today and, I'm told, late into the hours of tonight, the Senate will continue debating proposals from Republicans and Democrats. 

And when it's all said, the world’s greatest deliberative body, I believe, will vote on a bill to keep Republicans’ promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare.

President Trump made it clear, in his words, just a few short days ago:  “Inaction is not an option.”  And as the President said this morning to Senate Republicans, after seven years, this is their chance to shine.  They can't let the American people down.

The Senate has an opportunity and an obligation to rescue the American people from the consequences of this failed policy.  And when the time comes, every single senator -- Republican and Democrat -- owes it to America to step up, to do the right thing.  They owe it to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare.  (Applause.) 

And as is testament by your presence here today, the American people are watching.  Because you all know what’s at stake.  What happens in the coming days will determine the future of American healthcare, and whether our leaders in Congress can demonstrate the courage and determination to keep their word.

But more than anything else, this will determine whether America still stands by principles that I believe are at the very heart of our experiment in self-government.

You know, for the past seven years, we’ve had a healthcare system based on the flawed premise that the federal government should order every American to buy health insurance, whether they want it or need it or not; that bureaucrats and politicians know better than patients and doctors; and that, worst of all, that the American people can’t be trusted to run their own lives and make their own healthcare choices.

Well, today -- literally today -- we have a chance to take a giant step toward restoring a healthcare system based on personal responsibility, free-market competition, and state-based reform.  And I believe the Senate will take that step and will deliver for the American people on a foundation of freedom.  (Applause.)  

The President and I believe that the Senate will do the right thing, that they will begin to dismantle the failed policy of Obamacare in the coming days.  And President Trump will sign into law, when it's all said and done, a bill that puts our country on a path to better, more affordable healthcare for all the American people -- based on those timeless principles of freedom, free-market competition, and state-based reform.    

And after that, I'll make you one more promise:  Before the end of this year, we're going to roll up our sleeves, and this President is going to work with the Congress, and we're going to pass one of the largest tax cuts in American history.  (Applause.)  

I don’t have to tell small-business owners that the Americans' tax code is one of the biggest barriers to success for working families and small businesses like all of you gathered here today.  You know, there's an old joke that says that the Internal Revenue Code is 10 times the length of the Bible, but with none of the good news.  (Laughter.)  

Well, here’s some real good news:  We’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms.  (Applause.)  And we're going to simplify the tax code by cutting seven brackets down to three; we’ll eliminate the alternative minimum tax.  And under President Donald Trump, I'm proud to say to small-business owners, we're going to repeal death taxes once and for all.  (Applause.)  

And when it comes to businesses, the President has made it clear that we're going to cut the business tax rate to 15 percent to make sure that businesses across this country can compete with businesses all across the world.  And we're going to make sure small businesses can realize that benefit as well. (Applause.)   

Our administration is already working with the Congress to craft a historic tax-cut bill.  In fact, later today, Congress and the White House will issue a statement laying out our guiding principles for tax reform.  I'll make you a promise:  Discussions and negotiations will continue, details will continue to be worked out.  But rest assured, we're going to cut taxes -- and we're going to cut taxes this year.  (Applause.) 

Men and women of the NFIB, this is the moment, now is the time.  So today I want to offer you a challenge -- a challenge to continue to stand with our President as he fights for job creators all across this country and for a boundless American future.

As you meet with your elected representatives in Congress this week, tell them -- tell them you’re counting on them to support the President’s agenda to move this country forward.  Tell them you're counting on them repeal and replace Obamacare and cut taxes, and continue to roll back the heavy hand of government that stands in the way of our prosperity.  

And when you go and speak with them, speak with confidence.  The truth is that small-business owners, I think -- and maybe I'm a little biased because I come from a small, family business -- you're really the heart of America.  In so many ways, every single one of you has a story that springs straight out of the American Dream.  You embody the American spirit.  You never quit, you never back down, you never give up, no matter the odds.  That's how you make it in a small business.  

And that's the attitude that you need to bring here to Washington, D.C.  Tell them to bring the same determination and the same persistence to the cause of strengthening and reviving the American economy.  And I just want to assure you that your voices will be heard, as they always have been throughout the 75-year history of the NFIB and your engagement.

The truth of the matter is that our elected representatives know where the strength of this country lies, and it lies, I believe, in many places -- it lies in the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States of America.  (Applause.)  It lies in the hearts of men and women who put on the uniform of law enforcement at every level in the United States of America.  (Applause.)  Our teachers, our public servants.  

But I truly do believe that the strength of America also lies in the courage and in the hearts of men and women who get up every day, put their feet on the floor, and make a small business work.  (Applause.)    

And so I want to encourage you on.  Let your voice be heard, but also have faith.  Have faith that there are better days ahead for America; that what we've begun to see in the recovery of the American spirit and the rebound of the American economy is really just the beginning.  And under President Donald Trump, with your help, I know the best days for America and for American small business are yet to come.

And, lastly, have that other kind of faith.  This is a challenging time in the wider world, and it's been a challenging time for businesses.  But help is on the way, and hope always springs eternal -- because for so many of you, like for me and my little family, our hope ultimately doesn’t come from our government or from our elected leaders, but our hope comes from someplace deeper.  And so I encourage you to avail yourself of that faith in these times, and pray for the good leaders who serve in this building.  Continue to pray for our President and all the families that serve around him.  

And pray with confidence that He who said:  I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future -- says that as much to this generation of Americans as He's ever said it before.  

And so I say with faith today -- with boundless faith in the American people, so well represented here at the NFIB -- with faith in the determination of our President, and with faith in He who has ever been with those who first landed on the shores of this Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, that we will make America prosperous again.  We will make America safe again.  And to borrow a phrase, together we will Make America Great Again.

Thank you very much.  (Applause.)  God bless you and God bless the United States of America.  (Applause.) 

10:44 A.M. EDT

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Read The Latest Updates On The Senate's Health Care Voting Frenzy

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:27am

Senate leaders finally unveil their legislation, and plan to vote on it within hours.

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Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff Says No Changes Yet To Transgender Policy

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:11am

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect," General Joseph Dunford wrote.

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How Safe Are Carnival Rides? Fairs Face Scrutiny After Fatal Accident - CBS Detroit

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How Safe Are Carnival Rides? Fairs Face Scrutiny After Fatal Accident
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STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) – Close attention is being paid to amusement rides in Michigan and nationwide, following a tragedy at the Ohio State Fair. One person died and seven others were injured, two critically, on Wednesday when a thrill ride ...

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Miami Herald: “Trump administration is right to sanction Maduro’s henchmen in Venezuela”

News from the White House - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:55am

“This regime continues to censure freedoms and has thrown the country into an unprecedented economic crisis. The international community should not sit by, idly. Rather, it should follow the Trump administration’s lead and that of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Chile, which have urged Maduro to suspend Sunday’s vote.”

Trump administration is right to sanction Maduro’s henchmen in Venezuela
Miami Herald
July 27, 2017

Days before a critical vote engineered by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — one that would all but turn him into an unmovable dictator — the Trump administration fired a warning shot across his bow, with a solid assist from Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. It’s not too late for Maduro to get the message.

The Treasury Department on Wednesday levied onerous financial sanctions on several current and former officials in Venezuela on the eve of Sunday’s National Constituent Assembly. The assembly is a sham body with one goal: changing Venezuela’s constitution to let megalomaniacal Maduro remain president for an unbearably long time.

It would be a significant blow to the National Assembly, the only body that represents the people trapped in Maduro’s nightmare of a government. Trump and Rubio are right.

This regime continues to censure freedoms and has thrown the country into an unprecedented economic crisis. The international community should not sit by, idly.

Rather, it should follow the Trump administration’s lead and that of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia and Chile, which have urged Maduro to suspend Sunday’s vote. The U.S. government also threatens additional economic sanctions if the National Constituent Assembly takes place.

The regime is showing signs of vulnerability in the face of opponents who show no signs of relenting. This is the moment when the Venezuelan people need the strong support of the international community to save their country from the mess into which their incompetent government dragged them kicking and screaming.

Read the full editorial here.


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Things to do in metro Detroit in August - Detroit Free Press

Berkley Information from Google News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:47am

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Things to do in metro Detroit in August
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Trump Voter Fraud Probe Sends New Request For Voter Information

Huffington Post News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:16am

The panel had asked states to hold off on submitting data amid a lawsuit.

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