Brooks Jackson FactCheck.org Published 3:11 PM EDT Oct 12, 2018 In the time Donald Trump has been in the White House: The jobless rate dropped to the lowest in nearly half a century, and the number of unfilled job openings hit a record high. Economic growth spurted to a 4.2 percent annual rate in the most recent quarter. Median household income rose to the highest level ever recorded in 2017. Poverty declined. The growth of federal regulations slowed, and has lately reversed. Crime rates declined. The number of homicides went down 0.7 percent last year after rising for the previous two years. Carbon emissions rose. Coal mining jobs went up a bit. Corporate profits, stock prices and home values set record highs. The trade deficit grew larger. The federal debt increased by nearly $1.4 trillion, more than 9 percent. Yearly deficits increased. The U.S. image abroad plunged. Analysis This is our third quarterly update of the “Trump’s Numbers” scorecard that we … [Read more...] about Fact check: Donald Trump’s presidency by the numbers
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opinion Gary Varvel Indianapolis Star Published 11:00 p.m. UTC Aug 31, 2018 "Last week was a tidal wave of bad news for this presidency and this president and his approval rating stayed the same," author and NBC correspondent Katy Tur recently stated during a panel discussion on MSNBC's "MTP Daily." Tur clearly doesn’t understand Trump voters. After a week of brutal headlines about his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being convicted on eight counts of fraud and his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to felony campaign finance charges, miraculously the president’s approval rating hasn't budged. The latest NBC News/The Wall Street Journal survey, showed 44 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing. That number remains “remarkably stable” since another NBC/WSJ survey that was conducted before the news broke about Manafort and Cohen showed a 46 percent approval rating. How … [Read more...] about Why Robert Mueller’s wins haven’t shaken Donald Trump voters
US President Donald Trump has misquoted poll figures while boasting about his approval ratings. The President tweeted about his supposed "90% approval rating for your all time favourite (I hope) president within the Republican Party and 52% overall". In a recent NBC/WSJ poll, taken from August 22-25, Mr Trump's approval rating among Republicans is 90 percent, as the President indicated in his tweet. This is coupled with a 10 percent approval rating among Democrats. But Mr Trump's overall approval rating in the poll was just 44 percent. It appears he was referring in his tweet to his disapproval rate which is 52 percent in that particular poll. Donald Trump photographed colouring US flag wrong Donald Trump gives himself an A+ for time in White House 'Compassionate' Trump a victim of smear campaign - advisor Steven Rogers The President could have been referring to a different Rasmussen poll for that same August period, but again the results don't match up to … [Read more...] about Donald Trump misquotes figures boasting about poll ratings
Some headlines on the US economy from the past few days: Retail and Factories Drive Growth, Consumer Spending Lifts Retailers, Cost of Imports Eased by Strong Dollar, Confidence is High, Stocks Rebound as Fears Recede, Profits soar as Economy Advances. Those are all from the Wall Street Journal, which might be accused of focusing only on the positive side of the US economy, but the paper is hardly inventing the numbers behind the stories. The figures are so relentlessly upbeat they make it hard for those who hate Donald Trump and all he stands for to make a case that he’s failing, at least on what matters most electorally — money. The WSJ noted on its editorial page “a severe nationwide shortage of truck drivers” which will presumably lead to rising wages for a core Trump constituency. Other news sees US family-run farms finally winning against giant agribusinesses that for so long have dominated. Small farmers have complained for decades that the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump plan’s looking good, but is he heading for a cliff?
By Nick Timiraos Nick Timiraos The Wall Street Journal BiographyNick Timiraos @NickTimiraos Google+ [email protected] Updated July 19, 2018 5:08 p.m. ET 848 COMMENTS President Donald Trump said he hoped the Federal Reserve would stop raising interest rates, an unusual White House censure of the central bank that departed from a convention in which presidents have refrained from speaking specifically on monetary policy. “I am not happy about it,” Mr. Trump said about interest-rate increases, in an interview Thursday with CNBC. The Fed raised its benchmark rate twice this year, in March and in June, to a range between 1.75% and 2%. Central bank officials have penciled in two more rate increases this year. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell was tapped by Mr. Trump last November to succeed Janet Yellen, and he took his post in February. Mr. Trump said he was “not thrilled” because every time the economy strengthens “they want to raise rates … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Says He’s ‘Not Happy’ About Federal Reserve Interest-Rate Increases