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New Unemployment Rate = 4.1%

New Number: New Year

  • Reflects January’s “employment situation”.
  • 200,000 jobs added.
  • 4.1% rate = same forA the last 4 months.

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“Employment continued to trend up in construction, food services and drinking places, health care, and manufacturing. “


Labor Department, Employment Situation Report, January 2018

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Important To Note: Hourly Earnings

  • Average hourly earnings rose by 9 cents to $26.74.
  • Over the last year, average hourly earnings rose 75 cents.
  • Hourly earnings matter because it *may* reflect better quality jobs; more confidence in economy.

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Consider This:

  • Good News: Unemployment Rate is low and wages are rising. Unemployment at 17-year-low.
  • Bad News: Some economist worry other indicators may show economy “overheating”.

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A Dog Receives Unemployment Benefits In Michigan - For Real. Flip For the Story.

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Feb 2, 2018

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Super Bowl Ads Hit New High

$5 million Buys 30 seconds

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Why is it so expensive?

One Word: Viewers

  • Football remains top viewed event in the nation.
  • The Super Bowl is followed by NFL championship games in total viewership.
  • The Academy Awards = the only non-football event to break into 5 most-viewed events in 2017.

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MeToo?

“As of Thursday morning, there were more thanA two times as many male celebrities than female appearing in Super Bowl commercials…”

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“#BoringBowl”

What ‘Ad Age’ Has Entitled This Super Bowl

Multiple articles suggest companies playing “safe”.

Feb 2, 2018

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“The Memo” Hypnotizing DC

  • Released & written by House Intelligence Committee by Republican majority.
  • Addresses findings related to investigation into Russia interference in 2016 elections.
  • IncludesA controversial classified info about surveillance by the FBI.

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“The Memo”: Why It Matters

  • Memo alleges the FBI used info from a person hired by the Democrat National Committee & Clinton campaign to obtain a warrant to secretly ‘spy’ on an Americans close to the Trump campaign (Carter Page).

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“The Memo”: Why It Matters

  • The FBI did not disclose the source of their info (Christopher Steele) worked for the opposition research firm and was personally anti-Trump.

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Bottom Line Analysis

“The memo is not a “dud,” but while it confirms anti-trump bias at top of FBI/DOJ (which we already knew/suspected) not sure that makes it a “smoking gun” either.”



Tom Bevan, Real Clear Politics, Co-Founder & Publisher

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“The Memo”

Who Matters:

  • Chair of Intelligence Cmte: Devin NunesA (R-CA) released memo.
  • Ranking Member:A Adam Schiff (D-CA) says politics at play.
  • POTUS: Approved release of memo.

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The President Says

“The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!”

@RealDonaldTrump

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“…it’s clear that top officials used unverified information in a court document to fuel a counter-intelligence investigation during an American political campaign



Devin Nunes (R-CA) Chair of House Intelligence Cmte, Jan 31, 2018

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“The decision by Nunes to employ an obscure rule to release classified information for partisan political purposes crossed a dangerous line, and increases the risk of a constitutional crisis…”



Adam Schiff (D-CA) Ranking Democrat, House Intel Cmte, Jan 31, 2018 via @RepAdamSchiff

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What You Should Know: FBI

  • FBI statement:A A “grave concerns” about memo’s accuracy
  • Surveillance of Americans by the FBI is approved throughA FISA courts a similar to getting a warrant in aA classifiedA setting.
  • However, if you’re “spied” on by FBI, you would not be told.

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Here's The Memo & Other Links:

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Feb 2, 2018

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Now You Know

Nunes & Schiff should step down from House Intell Cmte

“…the committee has become a partisan playground. That can and must change.”



Tom Rogan, Washington Examiner

Feb 2, 2018

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Immigration Reform

What you should know:

During the State of the Union address, President Trump suggested allowing 1.8 million people who came into the country illegally with their parents a pathway to citizenship over a period of 12 years as part of broader immigration reform.

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“Four Pillars”: Potus Proposed Immigration Reform

  • Pathway to citizenship for *some* illegal immigrants aka “dreamers”.
  • Border Security (“The Wall”)
  • Ends Visa Lottery: Replaces With Merit Based System
  • Ends “Chain Migration” (extended families of immigrants receiving priority treatment).

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Words Matter

Notice Who Uses What Words…And When

“Illegal immigrants” or “Dreamers” or “Undocumented Workers” or “Undocumented” or “Illegal Aliens”

All these words can refer to same group of people.

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Debate Heats Up

“President Trump is proposing a very large-scale amnestyaa path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal aliensathat his base will perceive as a betrayal.”



Heather MacDonald, Americans First City Journal

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More Heated Rhetoric

“The White House’s new proposal holds frightening consequences for the future of black and brown folks in America.”



Sadhana Singh, We Are Not Bargaining Chips Prospect.Org

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What's Next? TBD: Immigration Issue In The Hands of Congress

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Feb 1, 2018

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Michigan School Shut Down Due To Flu

  • Watervliet, Michigan (small town east of Chicago across Lake Michigan).
  • 33 of 93 students didn’t show up to school on Wednesday.
  • School closed Thursday/Friday.

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“It has been a tough flu season so far this year. And while flu activity is beginning to go down in parts of the country, it remains high for most the U.S., with some areas still rising.”


Dr. Dan Jergian, CDC Conference Call, January 26, 2018

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Why “Flu Season”?

November – March

  • No one knows for sure.
  • Some believe flu virus travels better in cold, dry air: New Study.
  • Some disagree & say simply people are in closer contact with each other in the winter.

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Feb 1, 2018

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“It’s not something that interests me.”



Oprah Winfrey on running for President InStyle Magazine, March Issue 2018

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Oprah: On Aging

“You take no shit. None. Not a bit. In your 40s you want to say you take no shit, but you still do. In your 60s you take none.”

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Feb 1, 2018

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Jan 31, 2018

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