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No, Donald Trump, NBC's "Today" show is not doing "badly."
It is actually America's highest-rated morning show among 25- to 54-year-olds, the key demographic for advertisers, and it is just 100,000 viewers behind ABC's "Good Morning America" among all viewers.

The high-rated morning show attracted Trump's ire on Wednesday by broadcasting a report that cast doubt on his job-creating record.

The report -- part of a new franchise called "Today's Fact Check" -- called Trump's impact "very small or non-existent."

Trump called that assertion "fake news."

"Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts," he wrote, insisting that packages of jobs "came back because of me!"

The facts are much more complicated. As NBC, CNN and other news outlets have reported, a number of big companies have announced previously-planned investments in the United States in ways that allow Trump to take credit. 

 American's weigh in on Trump and Obama




It's official:  2016 was the hottest year of record.  Ever.  Period.


In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014.

Average surface temperatures in 2016, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, were 0.07 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than 2015, and featured eight successive months (January through August) that were individually the warmest since the agencys record began in 1880.

The average temperature across the worlds land and ocean surfaces was 58.69 Fahrenheit, or 1.69 degrees above the 20th century average of 57 degrees, NOAA declared. The agency also noted that the record for the global temperature has now successively been broken five times since the year 2000. The years 2005 and 2010 were also record warm years, according to the agencys dataset.

NASA concurred with NOAA, also declaring 2016 the warmest year on record in its own dataset that tracks the temperatures at the surface of the planets land and oceans, and expressing greater than 95 percent certainty in that conclusion. The agency noted that just since the year 2001 the planet has seen 16 of the 17 warmest years on record.



Reuters poll shows businesses believe Trump's protectionist policies are greatest threat to economy

Source: Reuters
Wed Jan 18, 2017 | 8:53am EST

By Anu Bararia and Sumanta Dey

The top risk to U.S. growth would come if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump keeps his protectionist promises, according to a Reuters poll that shows economists have not joined in the market exuberance since the shock November vote.

For most of his campaign and after the election, Trump vowed to make sweeping changes to U.S. trade and immigration policy, threatened to impose steep tariffs on Chinese imports and proposed hefty tax cuts.

While financial markets have retreated in the past week and hopes of a sudden spurt in inflation have faded, U.S. 10-year Treasury yields are still up more than 25 percent since Election Day, and stocks have hit record highs.

Still, more than two-thirds of the 70 respondents to the question in the Reuters survey taken over the past week said Trump's protectionist policies were the biggest threat to the world's largest economy this year.
Tom Price, Trump's HHS pick, lies a lot:  You will get to keep your health insurance, and, we won't touch Medicare and Social Security (not at first anyway)


By TIERNEY SNEED Published JANUARY 18, 2017, 11:12 AM EDT
President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), said Wednesday of the Trump administration's plans for repealing Obamacare that it was "absolutely imperative" that people "be able to keep health coverage."

"One of the important things that we need to convey to the American people is that nobody is interested in pulling the rug out from under anybody," Price said at a hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. "We believe that it's absolutely imperative that individuals that have health coverage be able to keep health coverage and move hopefully to greater choices and opportunities for them to gain the kind of coverage they want for themselves and for their families."

Over the weekend, Trump told the Washington Post that he planned to unveil an Obamacare replacement plan after Price was confirmed that guaranteed "." That cut against the rhetoric that Republicans have used to explain their intentions, focusing on lower costs to ensure "access" to insurance, rather than universal coverage.

"I think there's been a lot of talk about individuals losing health coverage. That is not our goal nor is it our desire nor is it our plan," Price said at the hearing.

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Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/price-imperative-people-covered



Price: Trump Has Not Changed On Vows Not To Cut Medicare, Social Security

By TIERNEY SNEED Published JANUARY 18, 2017, 11:29 AM EDT
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that Trump had not changed his mind on the vows he made during the campaign not to cut Medicare or Social Security.

"I haven't had extensive discussions with him about the comments that he made, but I have no reason to believe that he's changed his position," Price told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) went through various statements Trump made during the campaign promising to protect the programs.

"So you are telling us to the best of your knowledge, Mr. Trump will not cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid," Sanders asked again.

"As I say, I have no reason to believe that that position has changed," Price said.

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http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-price-trump-medicare-social-security














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