Dems Who Support Gorsuch Will Pay a Price
HuffPo – The grassroots resistance to President Donald Trump has targeted many things: His apparent disregard for ethics and the rule of law. His Cabinet appointments. His campaign’s reported contacts with Russia. His pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. His executive orders targeting immigrants and minorities.
But one area where the opposition is still gathering is the impending confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, the respected appeals judge Trump nominated in to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings are set to begin March 20.
With the date nearing, progressive groups are beginning to get serious about the nominee, forming the The People’s Defense ― a new activist coalition aimed at bringing Gorsuch down at all costs. Or at least sounding the alarm about a nominee who even opponents say comes across as likable
Big Jobs Report Today: Four Things to Know
CNN Money – The Labor Department publishes the February jobs report at 8:30 a.m. ET. Here are 4 things to know before it comes out.
1. It will capture the first full month of job growth under President Trump: Trump was president for only 11 days in January. So Friday’s report is the first he gets to fully own. And it will be the earliest reading of his progress toward his bold campaign promise to create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years.
2. Potential for a big number? Economists surveyed by CNNMoney project a solid 190,000 new jobs were added in February and that the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7%. However, ADP released its jobs report Wednesday and reported that a whopping 298,000 private sector jobs were added last month.
House GOP Quietly Advances Key Elements of Tort Reform
Washington Post – House Republicans are advancing a series of bills that would make changes to the civil justice system long sought by doctors and U.S. corporations, including a cap on some medical malpractice awards and new roadblocks for classes of people seeking to sue jointly to address harm.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups are promoting the measures, arguing that courts have grown overly tolerant of frivolous and fraudulent claims. Civil rights and consumer groups oppose the measures, saying they would severely limit the ability of average Americans to pursue legal remedies from powerful institutions.
Japan Bats Away US Complaint on Autos
Reuters – The joint economic dialogue, to be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, could re-write ties between the world’s largest and third-largest economies.
“We do not impose import tariffs on cars, and we do not impose any non-tariff barriers,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
“Our position is that Japan’s auto market is already open. This is something that will be settled in our bilateral dialogue.”
Suga issued the rebuff after the U.S. government submitted a statement to the World Trade Organization on Wednesday saying “a variety of non-tariff barriers impede access to Japan’s automotive market.
Sanders on New Administration, Challenge for the Left
The Guardian: You’ve had a front-row seat at the start of the Trump presidency, how do you assess what is happening in the new White House?
Bernie Sanders: Obviously, these are very scary times for the people of the United States and, because the Unites States is the most powerful country on Earth, for the whole word. The bad news, the very bad news is that we have a president who is a pathological liar. I say that not in a partisan way because I have many conservative friends who I disagree with on every issue who are not liars, they believe what they believe. But Trump lies all of the time and I think that is not an accident, there is a reason for that.
He lies in order to undermine the foundations of American democracy. One of the concerns that I have is not just his reactionary economic program of tax breaks to billionaires and devastating cuts to programs that impact the middle class, working families, lower-income people, children, the elderly, the poor, but also his efforts to undermine American democracy in the sense of making wild attacks against the media, that virtually everything that mainstream media says is a lie. And we have reached the stage where a United States congressman named Lamar Smith from Texas – and I’m paraphrasing him but you can look up the quote – said ‘Well, if you want to know the truth the only way you can really get the truth in America is directly from the president.”