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Andy Puzder: Big jobs numbers — What will it take for liberals to admit an economic boom?

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Under President Trump, we’ve seen the labor markets reach incredible heights. The good news for American workers is that the growth in jobs and wages isn’t coming to an end any time soon.

Although I have to admit that I never tire of the “beat expectations” admissions that seem to come out after every new economic report, you have to wonder what it will take for liberals to finally acknowledge an economic boom that’s improving the lives of all Americans.

The November jobs report should be more than enough to dispel the pessimism that anti-Trump “experts” constantly sow through the media. The American economy added 266,000 new jobs in November, sending the unemployment rate to a 50-year low of 3.5 percent.

US JOB GROWTH ROARS BACK IN NOVEMBER, WITH 266,000 ADDED

The results blew past expectations. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal predicted the economy would add 188,000 jobs last month, leaving the unemployment rate at 3.6 percent. MarketWatch came up with a slightly lower figure, forecasting just 180,000 new jobs.

Those discrepancies were pretty big, but they weren’t nearly as misleading as the ADP report, a closely-watched indicator of private-sector employment that comes out just days before the official jobs report.

Rarely an accurate barometer of job growth, ADP indicated that employment only increased by 67,000 jobs in November, falling short by a whopping 199,000 jobs — which is an especially big deal for a whole lot of families right before the holidays.

The Department of Labor also upwardly revised the September and October payroll numbers adding 41,000 more jobs and bringing the three-month average up to a robust 203,000 new jobs per month.

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Wages are also continuing to grow at a healthy pace, because the jobs boom of the past three years has kept consistent upward pressure on worker compensation as employers compete for employees. That’s one thing the economic forecasters got right. Year over year wage growth was 3.1 percent in November, and October was revised upwards to 3.2 percent. Notably, the gains are greatest among rank-and-file workers (3.7 percent).

All of the partisan talking points have been proven wrong, as the ongoing predictions of an impending recession are becoming more and more preposterous. The economy is strong, American citizens are prospering, and there are no signs of a slowdown. On the contrary, President Trump’s economic policies have put the economy on a solid new foundation that emphasizes creating a genuine opportunity for employment and advancement to all Americans.

It’s important to take the naysayers in context. Most critics of the Trump economy just aren’t capable of looking at our economic performance objectively, because their interpretation of the data is clouded by their hatred of President Trump. They know that the strong and growing working-class economy is one of the president’s greatest assets for his reelection campaign, and they’re committing the classic pundit’s faux pas of mistaking their political fantasies for reality.

What these diehard opponents can’t or won’t admit is that President Trump has unleashed the productive power of the American worker by slashing excessive regulations, cutting taxes for middle-income taxpayers, and putting the interests of American citizens at the center of our trade policy.

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about the outstanding November jobs report is that the economy would be even stronger if not for Democratic obstruction in Congress.

As I recently noted, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, is blocking a vote on the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement in order to prevent President Trump from adding another accomplishment to his record. Many members of her own party would eagerly vote for the deal, which would create nearly 200,000 new jobs — many of them in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors — and add tens of billions of dollars to our gross domestic product.

America’s economic engine is purring, yet the Democrats keep insisting that we need to take it to their shady mechanics who invariably lie about the incredible costs of their proposed “repairs.” With the latest jobs report to comfort us, ordinary Americans can just sit back and enjoy the ride, because it won’t be over for quite some time.

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Ex-Obama adviser explains why he’s supporting Pete Buttigieg instead of Joe Biden

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Economist Austan Goolsbee explained on Saturday why he was endorsing Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg for the 2020 Democratic nomination, saying that he didn’t mean to slight former Vice President Joe Biden.

Goolsbee, a former economic adviser for President Obama, said that he was initially skeptical when other former advisers started supporting Buttigieg.

“As I got to know him and as I’ve seen his economic policy, I think is pretty spot-on, he’s smart, he’s a fresh face — and I mean look at the chaos that’s going on in Washington. He’s not from Washington,” Goolsbee said while appearing on “Cavuto Live.”

Biden, who has been in D.C. for decades, has not received his former boss’s endorsement, something he recently dismissed as unnecessary. At least two other Obama aides — Reggie Love and Linda Douglass — have thrown their weight behind Buttigieg as well.

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Fox News host Neil Cavuto asked Goolsbee whether the Buttigieg endorsements were due to Biden “unraveling.”

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“In my case, it’s about Mayor Pete and I like him and that he’s a fresh face and he’s got good ideas,” he said.

“As you know, Neil — we’ve had a conversation — I love the vice president, I worked with him. It’s not in any way against the vice president and I will support whoever is the nominee against Donald Trump because even the Democratic candidates that are farthest from me in this space — they’re far preferable for my purpose than what the president’s doing.”

Goolsbee’s comments came as the party faced an apparent split between more progressive candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and moderates like Buttigieg.

When Cavuto asked why Goolsbee didn’t support Warren or Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., he said he wasn’t trying to “insult or run down anybody else.”

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Goolsbee added that he liked Buttigieg’s health care plan which included a public option instead of the single payer system proposed by Warren and Sanders. Buttigieg proposed that plan as an alternative to “Medicare-for-all,” which would entail cancelling private insurance plans.

According to Goolsbee, enhancing people’s choice in health care “is the right way to start.” Biden has proposed his own health plan that expands on the Affordable Care Act signed by former President Obama.

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‘We’ve seen enough’: LA Times board announces backing for Trump impeachment

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‘We’ve seen enough’: LA Times board announces backing for Trump impeachment

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Saudi student watched mass shooting videos during dinner party before Florida naval base attack: report

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The Saudi national who killed three people Friday morning after opening fire in a classroom at a naval air station in Florida reportedly hosted a dinner party the previous night where he played videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official said Saturday.

Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, who was identified as a member of the Saudi military participating in a flight training program for foreign military personnel at Naval Air Station Pensacola, was killed by law enforcement after he fatally shot three people in what investigators are trying to determine was an attack motivated by terrorism.

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While the FBI has declined to name the suspect or elaborate on a possible motive, a U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that federal investigators told him Alshamrani hosted a dinner party the night before to watch videos of mass shootings.

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It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooter acted alone but the U.S. official said authorities also told him that one Saudi student stood outside the building recording while the shooting took place.

10 Saudi students are being held at the base while several others remain unaccounted for, the official continued.

President Trump has remained in line with the FBI, declining to say if the attack was terror-related.

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Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, however, issued a scathing statement calling the shooting an act of terrorism “whether this individual was motivated by radical Islam or was simply mentally unstable.”

Alshamrani reportedly posted a short manifesto to Twitter in which he condemned the U.S. as a “nation of evil.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Karl Rove: Democratic nomination battle might not be settled until convention – First time since 1952

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There’s growing concern among Democrats that their July 2020 convention in Milwaukee could open without a candidate who receives a majority of the vote on the first ballot. The last time that happened to the Democrats was 1952.

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There are now four candidates — Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — who have enough support and money to be competitive through March. A fifth candidate, Mike Bloomberg, has enough cash to burn a wet mule and a strategy that says he doesn’t care how he does until the 27 primary contests and two caucuses in March. Many mules will perish at his hands.

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That’s the field, but consider the rules. Democrats allocate delegates proportionally, meaning if you get 15 percent of the vote or more in a state or district, you’re in the money — you split the delegates with every other candidate who reaches that threshold. In addition, Democrats are front-loading the contest: More than 69 percent of delegates will be elected in February and March, when more candidates will likely still be viable and split the vote. That’s 13 percent more than the number of delegates selected in the first two months of the Democrats’ 2016 nomination battle.

Consider how this affects the outcomes in February’s contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

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‘We’ve seen enough’: LA Times board announces backing for Trump impeachment

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Florida Shooting Updates: Gunman Said to Have Self-Radicalized

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‘You Just Don’t Expect This,’ Sheriff Says of Pensacola Shooting

A gunman killed three people at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida before he was fatally shot by officers. It was the second shooting this week at a Navy base.

“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie. And as the mayor eloquently put, you just don’t expect this to happen at home. This doesn’t happen in Escambia County, it doesn’t happen in Pensacola. It doesn’t happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the United States Navy. But it did. And it has. And so for now, we’re here to pick up the pieces.” “This is a tragic day for the city of Pensacola. NAS (Naval Air Station) is incredibly an important part of our community — for 200 years this has been a part of the city of Pensacola — and we’re a military town. Our hearts and prayers are connected to all those that serve us every day, and certainly the expectation that this would happen here at home was unexpected.”

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The Saudi man who shot and killed three people on a naval base in Florida on Friday did not have any ties to international terrorist groups and appears to have been self-radicalized, according to an initial assessment from American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

The gunman, identified as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, was killed by a sheriff’s deputy who responded to the attack. Lieutenant Alshamrani was training to become a pilot and initially entered the United States in 2018, according to a senior American official who has been briefed on the investigation’s initial stages. But at some point Lieutenant Alshamrani returned to Saudi Arabia and then re-entered the United States in February 2019, the official said.

The lieutenant did not report for his training program at the naval air station in Pensacola until about two days before the shooting, the official said.

It was unclear what Lieutenant Alshamrani was doing in the United States between February and when he reported for training, but he was apparently living in the Pensacola area for much of that period, the official said.

Six other Saudi nationals were detained for questioning near the scene of the shooting, which took place over two floors in a classroom on the base. Three of the Saudis who were detained had been seen filming the entire incident, according to another person briefed on the investigation.

It was not known whether the six Saudis detained were students in the classroom building, and there was no immediate indication that those filming the incident were connected to the gunman, the person said.

On Facebook, family members identified Joshua Kaleb Watson as one of the victims. Adam Watson wrote in a post that his youngest brother “saved countless lives today with his own.”

“After being shot multiple times he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was and those details were invaluable,” he wrote. “He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

Mr. Watson’s father, Benjamin Watson, told The Pensacola News Journal that his 23-year-old son was shot five times. A rifle team captain, he had reported to the base two weeks earlier for flight training, his father told the newspaper.

The authorities have not officially released the victims’ names. Eight people were injured in the attack. Sheriff Morgan said two of the eight were deputies responding to the scene.

One was shot in the arm and one in the knee, but both are expected to recover and one was released from the hospital on Saturday, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office said.

Captain Kinsella said the victims were “part of the Navy family.”

“They’re part of us, and our heart goes out to those of you who may be affected by this tragedy,” he said.

Investigators were trying to determine what motivated the gunman.

Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, and Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican whose district includes Pensacola, both described the shooting as an act of terrorism. But federal law enforcement officials said it was too early to establish the gunman’s motive.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activity, cited a Twitter account with a name matching the gunman that had posted a “will” calling the United States a “nation of evil” and criticizing its support for Israel.

SITE said the account had also quoted Osama bin Laden, the former Qaeda leader, and was critical of United States foreign policy.

“I’m not against you for just being American,” the posts said. “I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.”

The account could not be independently verified, and law enforcement officials did not confirm that it was connected to the gunman.

The lieutenant was a trainee with the Saudi Air Force. Saudi pilots have trained at the Pensacola base since 1995.

The gunman used a locally purchased Glock 45 9-millimeter handgun with an extended magazine and had four to six other magazines in his possession, according to one of the people briefed on the investigation.

Capt. Timothy F. Kinsella Jr., the base’s commanding officer, said that about 200 international students were training at the base. They come from countries like Italy and Norway, in addition to Saudi Arabia, and are trained to fly helicopters or F-15s, according to a Navy pilot familiar with the program. Americans and Saudis go through initial training together before embarking on separate programs.

Mr. Scott and Mr. Gaetz blamed the shooting, in part, on what they called insufficient federal standards for the vetting of foreign military trainees. The senator said he wanted a “full review” of military programs that train foreign nationals in the United States.

“Whether this individual was motivated by radical Islam or was simply mentally unstable, this was an act of terrorism,” Mr. Scott said in a statement on Friday. “There is no reason we should be providing state-of-the-art military training to people who wish us harm.”

King Salman of Saudi Arabia called President Trump to offer his condolences and to condemn the actions of the gunman, who he said did not represent the Saudi people, according to Mr. Trump.

“The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter.

The shooting happened early on Friday morning across two floors of a classroom building at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, where foreign military trainees have studied for decades.

Law enforcement officials said they began receiving emergency calls at about 6:50 a.m., and the base was put on lockdown. It was the second shooting at a Navy base this week.

“Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie,” Sheriff Morgan said on Friday.

Liam Stack contributed reporting.

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Jason Aldean returns to Las Vegas for first concert since 2017 shooting

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Jason Aldean is using his music to help heal Las Vegas.

The country star returned to the Nevada city to perform a concert on Friday night. It’s the first time Aldean has been back for a full concert since the October 1, 2017, mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and over 800 others were injured when a gunman opened fired from a nearby hotel window.

The Las Vegas massacre remains the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and just last month a 59th person died from complications from injuries sustained that night.

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“Tonight’s a really special night for us. We got a lot of people in the crowd who are family to us, so welcome everyone from Route 91,” Aldean said to the crowd at Park MGM per People magazine.

“We’re glad to see you guys out. It’s good to be back here in Las Vegas. It’s our first show back and make no mistake about it tonight, we came back to blow it out for you guys tonight. Let’s finish what we started, what y’all think!” he added.

In 2017, Aldean was onstage when the shooting started. He was only two songs into his 90-minute set for the Route 91 Harvest Festival when he and his band left the stage and took cover.

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“Last time we were starting this song here, we got a little interrupted,” Aldean continued Friday night. “So let’s finish it.”

The musician has been prepping for his comeback since August when it was announced he would be performing there again.

He reflected on social media at the time writing, “These shows are gonna be pretty special for lots of reasons. Can’t wait to see you guys there! #VegasStrong.”

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Since the massacre, Aldean has had a special relationship with Sin City. He has returned to attend awards shows and visit the hospitals where the victims were recovering.

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Trump Wants a Review of Toilets: Americans Are Flushing ‘10 Times, 15 Times’

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President Trump is taking on Americans’ flushing habits and the country’s water efficiency standards.

“We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on — in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — you turn on the faucet, you don’t get any water,” he said Friday at a White House meeting about small businesses and reducing red tape.

Mr. Trump also noted that “people are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once” and that “they end up using more water,” according to a transcript of the discussion.

He said the federal Environmental Protection Agency was looking at the issue at his suggestion.

“So we’re looking at, very seriously, at opening up the standard. And there may be some areas where we’ll go the other route — desert areas. But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down — it’s called rain — that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it,” he said.

Older toilets use as much as six gallons per flush, according to the E.P.A. website. The agency also notes that recent advancements allow low-flow toilets to use 1.28 gallons or less per flush.

“This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush,” the agency said.

In 1994, the National Energy Policy Act — part of which said that new water fixtures, including toilets, shower heads and bath and kitchen faucets, had to have water-saving designs — went into effect.

Over the years, there has been criticism from conservative groups and regulatory opponents about the government regulating water flow as it relates to toilets and other plumbing fixtures that save water.

At the meeting on Friday, Mr. Trump also talked about new efficiency standards for light bulbs.

“They got rid of the light bulb that people got used to,” he said. “The new bulb is many times more expensive, and I hate to say it, it doesn’t make you look as good. Of course, being a vain person, that’s very important to me.”

“It gives you an orange look. I don’t want an orange look,” he added, to laughter at the table. “So we’ll have to change those bulbs in at least a couple of rooms where I am in the White House.”

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