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SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

No Supreme Court nominee yet, but McConnell already on the cusp of having the votes

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been steadfast that the US Senate will vote on President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court this year. In less than three days -- and before a nominee has even been selected -- it appears McConnell is already on track to have the votes.


Iran Says It's Willing To Exchange 'All' Prisoners With U.S.

Iran is prepared for a full exchange of prisoners with the United States, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a virtual address to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


In response to a question about whether Tehran would free Iranian-American father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi, Zarif said on September 21 that the only way for him to have influence on the courts is through a swap for Iranians he claimed the United States is holding unjustly.


“Let’s not put one person in front of another. Let’s do a universal deal. I repeat, we can exchange all prisoners, period,” he said.


Washington has long demanded that Iran release U.S. citizens including Baquer and Siamak Namazi, who were jailed in 2016 and 2015, respectively.


Census Report Shows How Jaw-Dropping Trump’s Economy Was Before Shutdowns

The amazing strength of the data in that report show what the American economy, and American workers, can achieve—if given the right policy environment and opportunities.

The headline number from the Census report sounds so large as to be a misprint: Real median income for American households increased 6.8 percent in 2019—a jump of almost $4,400. Think about it for a moment: How many businesses offer 6.8 percent annual raises to all their workers?

The statistic becomes even more meaningful when considering the terminology. The phrase “real median income” means the figure 1) takes inflation into account and 2) represents the 50th percentile of American income—so a big increase in income for the top 1 percent of earners won’t move the median income number one bit. In other words, the benefits of this economic growth went to the vast majority of American households.

The poverty rate also declined in 2019—for the fifth consecutive year. Last year the poverty level fell to its lowest rate (10.5 percent) since the federal government started keeping records in 1959. As with the median income statistic, it shows that the economic boom benefited all classes of Americans, not just the wealthy.

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