A new NBC News-Survey Monkey poll finds 61% of Americans view President Trump unfavorably — with 48% saying they have a strongly unfavorable impression of him — as compared to just 36% who have a favorable view. Also interesting: 60% of Americans think Trump did the wrong thing when he granted former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio a pardon and 34% said the President did the right think in granting Arpaio a pardon.
A new Fox News poll finds just 36% of voters are happy with how things are going in the country — down 10 points since April — while 64% are dissatisfied. Most interesting is that the shift “is not, as is often the case, tied to the economy. Positive views on the economy are higher than in more than a decade: 36% say it is in either “excellent” (6%) or “good” (30%) shape. The last time conditions were rated this positively was August 2004.”
The U.S. economy grew at a brisk 3 percent pace in the April to June quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday — a report likely to be welcomed by President Trump, who has repeatedly vowed he can propel the country to faster growth, the Washington Post reports.
The Gallup daily tracking poll finds President Trump’s approval rating among people aged 18 to 29 has reached a new low of 20%. Overall, Trump’s approval rate is a dismal 35% to 60%.
“Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States. In the exercise of that freedom, mistakes will be made, some of which will be hurtful to others.”
— Federal Judge Jed Rakoff, dismissing Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against the New York Times, CNN reports.
A new Pew Research survey finds that just 31% of Republican voters say they agree with President Trump on all or nearly all issues, while an additional 38% agree with him on many, but not all, issues. In contrast, 77% of Democrats report virtually no agreement with Trump on issues. In views of Trump’s conduct as president, 46% of Republicans express mixed feelings, while 19% say they do not like his conduct; 34% say they like the way he conducts himself as president. Among Democrats, 89% have a negative view of Trump’s conduct. Overall, Trump’s approval rate is a dismal 36% to 63%.
“Only morons pay the estate tax.”
— White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, quoted by the New York Times, at a meeting with Senate Democrats.
“He’s just like he is on TV. He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”
— Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), quoted by the San Diego Union Tribune, discussing President Trump with a group of young Republicans.
Yes, you could help the victims of Hurricane Harvey through the Red Cross or United Way but in our personal experience, a lot of what you give to those types of agencies will be spun off to cover overhead that might or might not be essential.
Long weeks after Hurricane Matthew turned my community upside down, Red Cross trucks finally appeared on neighborhood streets offering sandwiches and snacks. Of course by the time they showed up, most of us not only had our water, power, and even wi-fi back, but we were more than capable of visiting one of our many, by then, fully functioning grocery stores.
There is no question that we all must do everything we are personally able to do to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Here are two agencies that offer help that’s a little outside the obvious, but still very needed. […]