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U.S. non-farm private-sector employment up 14 percent in February

U.S. non-farm private employment in February increased 14 percent over the previous month with a whopping 298,000 jobs added, according to the monthly ADP National Employment Report published every month with the help of researchers at Moody’s Analytics. “These numbers are really good, and we’re hoping that they translate into hiring and spending and all those good things that will make the economy grow even faster,” National Federation of Independent Business Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg tells Marketplace.org. One-hundred-and twenty-two-thousand of the nearly 300,000 jobs added fall within the “midsized” category of employers – ...

Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney prepping entitlement-reform options

Congressman-turned-Budget-Director Mick Mulvaney is confident his proposed changes to entitlement programs – e.g., social security and Medicare – will help the president achieve his campaign goal of cutting spending and reducing the national debt. The Washington Examiner has the details: "As soon as the 2018 spending budget is done at the end of next week. I'm hoping to put together something for the president to look at on the other pieces of entitlement spending, or mandatory spending," Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Monday in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. On the campaign trail, Trump ...

New VA secretary says he will ‘deal with’ troublesome employees

Former Veterans Affairs Undersecretary Dr. David J. Shulkin last week was the first of President Donald J. Trump’s cabinet nominees to receive unanimous confirmation – he will head Veterans Affairs and says he will “deal with” those in the department who underperform, a point on which he apparently clashed with former VA Secretary Bob McDonald. The Military Times has the story: “When you have one or two or three people who really aren’t doing their job, they bring everybody down,” he said during an appearance with Fox News host Pete Hegseth, taped Sunday. “And so the very best thing I know from my private sector experience is ...

Jenny Beth’s Journal: Judge Neil Gorsuch’s ‘elevation to Justice Gorsuch’ will be a ‘home run’

Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder Jenny Beth Martin in a recent column for The Washington Times writes President Donald J. Trump’s decision to nominate conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is perhaps one of the crowning glories of going to bat for our now-president. Read Jenny Beth’s commentary: Judge Gorsuch’s elevation to Justice Gorsuch will be a home run. A grand slam, in fact. And that means … it was worth it. All the long days, weeks, months, and years spent identifying, recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing millions of grassroots activists across the nation, in the service of filling the [Supreme] Court vacancy ...

Tea Party Patriots Congratulates Mick Mulvaney on his Confirmation as OMB Director

Atlanta, GA – Tea Party Patriots President and co-founder Jenny Beth Martin released the following statement today, congratulating Rep. Mick Mulvaney on his confirmation as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. “Tea Party Patriots and our network of supporters across the country congratulate Rep. Mick Mulvaney on his confirmation as the next Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The OMB Director has huge influence not only on the size and scope of the budget, but also on the regulations our federal agencies produce. Mick is well-known around Washington as a fiscal hawk. As a Congressman, he voted against raising the debt ...

Wife of wounded warrior meets with President Trump, proposes ‘real solutions’ for VA

Tiffany Smiley, wife of an injured Iraq-war veteran, Tuesday met with President Donald J. Trump to share her and her husband’s experience navigating Veterans Affairs and to give her own suggestions on ways to improve the floundering department. “Today I had the absolute honor of sharing our story with President Donald J. Trump. I was able to explain the difficult journey we had with the VA and propose practical and real solutions to bring change to the broken VA system,” Ms. Smiley says in a recent Facebook post. West Point graduate and Army Ranger Lt. Scotty Smiley – “the Army’s first blind active-duty officer, according to Milita...

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Prominent Alabama Democrat Susan Cobb gives Sen. Sessions stamp of approval

Democrat and Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Susan Bell Cobb in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) endorsed President-elect Donald Trump’s Attorney-General Nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). The Montgomery Advertiser has the details: In her letter, Cobb references the 1994 election, when she was the Democratic candidate for the appellate court and Sessions was running for Alabama Attorney General. “We were then as we are now, members of different parties, but always willing to assist each other as we attempted to constantly do the right thing for the people of our beloved state,” ...

President-elect Trump taps fiscal conservative to head Office of Management and Budget

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to head the Office of Management and Budget, whose mission is to assist the president in overseeing and preparing the federal budget and supervising its administration among the executive branches of leadership. “We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget,” President-elect Trump said in a statement, according to the Daily Signal. “Right now, we are nearly $20 trillion in debt but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our ...

VA fires employees who allegedly left deceased veteran in shower for nine hours

Employees at a Florida VA who allegedly left a deceased veteran in a shower for more than nine hours and tried to cover it up have been let go, according to authorities. The Tampa Bay Times has the story: Last week, Bay Pines officials would not provide specifics of any disciplinary action taken as a result of their internal investigation into the Feb. 1 incident. After a Tampa Bay Times story on the incident appeared during the weekend, however, Bay Pines released more details to show the matter was being taken seriously. Bay Pines felt it "necessary to ensure our stakeholders and the public were informed and knew that appropriate personnel ...