One critic continues to query a lot of the certain, steadily fawning press protection of the North Korean presence at the U.S. Olympics. But he additionally wonders why this similar information media does now not give a identical courtesy to President Trump.
“That this fairness and objectivity can be extended to the leaders of a murder machine of a nation that threatens the entire world, but not to the president of the United States, is shocking. If major news outlets think that North Korean diplomatic efforts at the Olympics were a success, and that they ran circles around a hapless Trump administration, that’s fine. Put it on the front page. But don’t then turn around and say the Trump administration must not be normalized,” writes David Marcus, a correspondent for The Federalist, including, “There is a real story here. North Korea clearly is engaged in a charm offensive.”
Mr. Marcus additionally notes that progressives have warned that “normalizing” Mr. Trump with certain press protection is fraught with threat.
“It’s 2018. I will be able to order my brother in rural Oregon a pizza with an app on my telephone, there's a pink convertible orbiting the earth, 14-year-olds can get admission to an array of pornographic subject material that will make Caligula blush, and if I let you know my pronouns, you're forced to make use of them. None of that is commonplace. We misplaced commonplace a very long time in the past, and it wasn’t all it was once cracked as much as be again then,” Mr. Marcus continues. “It’s time to stop worrying about normalizing Trump. It’s time to stop giving the president less benefit of the doubt than we give to murderers. Just report what happened, and let us work out whether it’s normal or not.”
TRUMP BUMP: ANOTHER RECORD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Main Street continues to flourish underneath the Trump management. The National Federation of Independent Business stories that optimism is at a 45-year top amongst America’s small companies. The “Small Business Optimism Index” — a per month gauge of sentiment amongst the house owners — broke the file for the dimension, established 45 years in the past.
“Main Street is roaring,” mentioned Juanita Duggan, president and CEO of the workforce, which represents 325,000 small industry considerations in all 50 states. “Small business owners are not only reporting better profits, but they’re also ready to grow and expand. The record level of enthusiasm for expansion follows a year of record-breaking optimism.”
Among the findings: 41 p.c of the contributors reported they be expecting the economic system to enhance, a 3rd say it’s a great time to amplify; one-third additionally file an build up in task openings; whilst 31 p.c reported “higher worker compensation” for his or her staff.
“The historically high index readings over the last year tell us small business owners have never been more positive about the economy. This is in large response to the new management in Washington tackling the biggest concerns of small business owners — high taxes and regulations,” says Bill Dunkelberg, leader economist for the group.
346 AND COUNTING
Businesses, massive and small, proceed to provide staff bonuses, raises, or 401(ok) will increase on account of President Trump’s tax reform regulation. They now quantity 346 (over three.five million employees), in keeping with the place of job of Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Americans for Tax Reform, which proceed to trace the traits — in addition to the ongoing, reassuring narratives which accompany those beneficial properties.
Many companies percentage their rationale for tending to their staff in public press releases or with native information media — and in lots of instances, they're revealing and heartfelt. One sheet tune provider in Madison, Wisconsin, provides some perception.
“We’re genuinely appreciative of our loyal and gifted team at Musicnotes,” says Tim Reiland, government chairman of the corporate, which employs 55 other people and stories it plans to extend hiring and new era tasks in the virtual realm.
“We are thrilled to share the benefit of lower corporate taxes with them. It’s the right thing to do and it’s also smart business,” Mr. Reiland observes.
DOUGLASS AT 200
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond host a birthday celebration at the Capitol on Wednesday to mark what would were the 200th birthday of abolitionist, creator and orator Frederick Douglass — born in Cordova, Maryland, in 1818. The precise date of his delivery is unknown; Douglass himself overdue selected to have a good time his birthday on Feb. 14.
On hand for the vital amassing: Sens. Tim Scott and Chris Van Hollen, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, Reps. Mia Love and Andy Harris, Delegate EleanorHolmes Norton and Ken Morris — great-great-great-grandson of Douglass and the great-great-grandson of educator Booker T. Washington, founding father of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University).
Members of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission — appointed through the House, Senate and White House — additionally might be sworn in.
Among more than one commemorations in different places in the country: The National Park Service will acknowledge Douglass in occasions via the finish of the 12 months; Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has already proclaimed 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in his state; and Wednesday may be Frederick Douglass Day in Massachusetts.
The National Retail Federation estimates Americans will spend $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day this 12 months, an build up of over $1 billion since final 12 months, when the numbers was once $18.2 billion. Another Trump Bump, possibly?
Romantic people will shell out the maximum money for jewellery, adopted through a night out, plants, clothes, sweet and greeting playing cards. Yes, vital others, diversified members of the family and buddies are on the buying groceries checklist. Americans, on the other hand, additionally will spend $751 million on Valentine’s Day treats for his or her pets.
POLL DU JOUR
• 52 p.c of U.S. citizens say they're “proud” to be an American; 75 p.c of Republicans, 44 p.c of independents and 40 p.c of Democrats agree.
• 62 p.c of citizens over 65, 59 p.c of citizens who store at Walmart, 58 p.c of guys, 47 p.c of girls, and 27 p.c of citizens ages 18-24 additionally agree.
• 33 p.c of citizens general are “ashamed” to be American; 16 p.c of Republicans, 33 p.c of independents and 48 p.c of Democrats agree.
• 29 p.c of citizens over 65, 28 p.c of citizens who store at Walmart, 31 p.c of guys, 35 p.c of girls, and 53 p.c of citizens ages 18-24 additionally agree.
Source: A Zogby Analytics Poll of one,zero31 registered U.S. citizens carried out Jan. 23-25 and launched Monday.
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