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Bush & Obama Beat Trump

Trump's gonna be upset that he didn't beat Obama.

"On the Big 4 broadcast networks and the three top cable news channels — Fox News, CNN and MSNBC — the State of the Union drew 40.54 million viewers. Spanish-language broadcasters Univision (2.04 million) and Telemundo (1.44 million) bring the total up to 44.02 million; numbers for PBS and Fox Business aren’t in yet and will push the total up a bit more.

They’re unlikely, however, to move the total past the 47.74 million who tuned in for Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress in February 2017 (that wasn’t officially a State of the Union address). Last year, the broadcast nets, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC averaged 42.8 million, about 6 percent more than Tuesday’s coverage.

By comparison, Barack Obama’s first State of the Union brought in 48.01 million viewers in 2010, and George W. Bush’s first in 2002 drew 51.77 million. Trump’s address will be close to that of Bill Clinton’s first State of the Union in 1994, which averaged 45.8 million viewers."

Head 'em up Move 'em out

Republicans Leaving Congress
1) Trey Gowdy, South Carolina, District 4
2) Robert Brady, Pennsylvania, District 1
3) Bill Shuster, Pennsylvania, District 9
4) Blake Farenthold, Texas, District 27
5) Bob Goodlatte Virginia, District 6
6) Charles W. Dent Pennsylvania, District 15
7) Darrell Issa California, District 49
8) Dave Reichert Washington, District 8
9) David Trott Michigan, District 11
10) Edward Royce California, District 39
11) Frank LoBiondo New Jersey, District 2
12) Gregg Harper Mississippi, District 3
13) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Florida, District 27
14) Jeb Hensarling Texas, District 5
15) Jim Bridenstine Oklahoma, District 1
16) Joe Barton Texas, District 6
17) John J. Duncan, Jr., Tennessee, District 2
18) Lamar Smith, Texas, District 21
19) Lynn Jenkins, Kansas, District 2
20) Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania, District 7
21) Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, District 11
22) Sam Johnson, Texas, District 3
23) Ted Poe, Texas, District 2

Incumbents seeking other offices
24) Evan Jenkins, West Virginia, District 3
25) James B. Renacci, Ohio, District 16
26) Lou Barletta, Pennsylvania, District 11
27) Luke Messer! Indiana, District 6
28) Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee, District 7
29) Martha McSally, Arizona, District 2
30) Todd Rokita, Indiana, District 4

U.S. House members running for governor
31) Diane Black, Tennessee, District 6
32) Kristi L. Noem, South Dakota, At-Large District
33) Raul R. Labrador, Idaho, District 1
34) Ron DeSantis, Florida, District 6
35) Steve Pearce, New Mexico, District 2

Republican incumbents who left office early or have announced upcoming resignations
36) Jason Chaffetz, Utah, District 3
37) Patrick J. Tiberi, Ohio, District 12
38) Tim Murphy, Pennsylvania, District 18
39) Trent Franks, Arizona, District 8

Republican members of the Senate
40) Bob Corker, Tennessee
41) Jeff Flake, Arizona
42) Orrin Hatch, Utah

Burying the lead

When the FBI has "grave concerns," it pretty much kills the meme.

Bad Republican Bad

Dude used campaign money to buy videos for his kids!
Representative Duncan Hunter spent more than three times as much on legal defense as he raised last quarter

The campaign for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, paid $178,168 for legal services from five law firms in the last quarter of 2017 — more than three times the $50,703 it raised.
Most of the spending paid off the $148,539 in debt to law firms the campaign was carrying as of Sept. 30, 2017.
The campaign has reported some $567,656 in legal expenses since its spending first came under scrutiny in April 2016, and contributions have declined significantly in the last half of 2017 amid an ongoing federal criminal investigation into Hunter’s political expenditures.
The campaign for Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, CA, spent more than three times as much on legal fees as the total amount it raised in the last three months of 2017, amid an ongoing federal criminal investigation into his political spending, according to a report filed Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.--San Diego Union-Tribune

Special Delivery

A traffic stop on what appeared to be a brown UPS truck in the rural San Diego County border town of Boulevard on Monday evening revealed 77 illegal immigrants stuffed shoulder-to-shoulder inside its cargo area.--San Diego Union Tribune

Trump's flat out lie about the Diversity Visa Lottery

Trump's exact State of the Union quote: "The third pillar (of proposed immigration reform) ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of American people,"
Trump's own U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency threw the president under the bus:
The facts: Applicants must meet education or work experience criteria
The visa lottery program was established in 1990 to diversify the United States’ immigrant population. The lottery began in 1995 and selects applicants from countries with low immigration levels during the previous five years. Diversity visas are currently capped at 50,000 per fiscal year.

Entries chosen in the lottery do not automatically get a visa, they only become ELIGIBLE to apply for it.

Applicants must meet education or work experience requirements, according to the U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services:

• At least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; or

• Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.

Potential immigrants must undergo vetting by U.S. government
Visa lottery applicants can include a spouse and children in their application. While only the applicant has to meet the education and work requirement, all potential visa holders must be thoroughly vetted by the United States.

Applicants who pass the vetting process are awarded the diversity visa.

Information reviewed in the vetting process includes passport, police and medical records, photographs, English translations of documents, and education or work experience credentials.

"No visa can be issued unless all concerns raised by the screening are fully resolved. As part of this screening process, information that might suggest an individual is a potential threat is shared with all appropriate U.S. government agencies."

"National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications," the agency added.

Jeff Sessions Throws In the Towel

Justice Dept. won't retry Sen. Bob Menendez

The Justice Department Wednesday filed to dismiss its remaining charges against Sen. Bob Menendez, bringing the legal case that has hovered over the New Jersey Democrat for years to a close.

An 11-week trial last fall resulted in a hung jury. Prosecutors had accused the senator of accepting bribes from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a wealthy ophthalmologist in Florida, in return for political favors. The charges against Melgen were also dropped.
Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Trump's FBI

director, Christopher Wray throws the Nunes memo under the bus: "Grave concerns about releasing classified information and factually inaccurate."

Another One Bites the Dust

and another one gone...
"President Donald Trump's top public health official resigned Wednesday amid mounting questions about financial conflicts of interest.

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald's resignation comes one day after POLITICO reported that one month into her tenure as CDC director, she bought shares in a tobacco company — the leading cause of preventable death and an issue she had long championed."

The Highest Unemployment Rate In the Nation

In December 2017, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 7.3 percent, according to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. This marks Alaska's highest level of unemployment, since March 2012.

In comparison, the national rate in December was at 4.1 percent.

Since November, there was a 0.1 percent increase in unemployment, statewide. And compared to one full year ago, in December 2016, Alaska's labor force was down by 3,300 total jobs, or 1.0 percent.

The area with the highest rate of unadjusted unemployment was in the Denali Borough, at 20.6 percent. While the area with the lowest rate of unemployment was in the city and borough of Sitka, at 5.0 percent. Comparatively, Juneau also had relatively low unemployment, at a rate of 5.1 percent.

Compared to unemployment rates of December 2016, both Denali and Sitka increased their unemployment rates. Since one year ago, Denali had a 2.4 percent increase, and Sitka had a 0.8 percent increase.

Since November 2017, unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 22 census areas and boroughs, decreased in 5 and remained static in two.

The five areas that saw rate decreases, include: the North Slope Borough, the Northwest Arctic Borough, Skagway, the Southeast Fairbanks Census Area and Yakutat.
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