Jobless claims plunge to 222,000, second-lowest mark in decades

Joseph Lawler writes in the Washington Examiner that “new applications for unemployment benefits dropped 7,000 to 222,000 in the second full week of February . . . the second-lowest mark of the recovery and a good sign for the economy.” Lawler notes that the Trump Administration “has set a goal of not just lowering unemployment, but also raising the labor force participation rate, bringing workers who may have quit the job search in recent years back into the hunt.”

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According to new polling from Gallup, President Donald J. Trump’s approval numbers on key issues are on the rise, including “52% approving of his handling of terrorism.” Lydia Saad explains that President Trump’s approval on terrorism, the economy, foreign trade, and taxes “is at or near the high points of his approval ratings on several of these issues, in part owing to improved ratings from independents.”

Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) write in The Wall Street Journal that “during his State of the Union address, President Trump called for a broad bipartisan infrastructure package, pledging to improve the nation’s infrastructure and invest in the future. If you believe the news reports on partisan bickering in Washington, this bipartisan approach might seem impossible. But we know that it can, and will, happen.”

“Vice President Mike Pence used his Thursday appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference . . . to highlight the Trump administration’s accomplishments over the year in areas like taxes and rolling back Obama-era regulations,” Sarah Westwood reports for the Washington Examiner. “It’s been a year of action. It’s been a year of remarkable results. In a word, it’s been a year of promises made and promises kept,” Vice President Pence said.

“It turns out that — unlike ObamaCare — the more people know about the GOP tax cuts, the more they like them,” according to the Investor’s Business Daily Editorial Board. “In fact, the latest poll from The New York Times finds 51% supporting it,” the editors explain. “That’s up from 37% in December and 46% in January. Other polls, including the IBD/TIPP poll, have found similar shifts.”

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