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U.S. Economy Adds Another 224,000 New Jobs in June As Wage Increases Remain Strong

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Washington DC, The United States economy continues to flourish, according to the June Employment Situation Report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Total nonfarm payroll employment in June rose by 224,000 jobs, far exceeding market expectations (162,000). With July marking the longest economic expansion on record, it is a testament to the strength of the Administration’s economic policies that the economy continues to generate monthly job gains of this magnitude.

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ICE three-day operation, of 84 families tested 18 family units were DNA identified as fraudulent

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WASHINGTON DC,  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) awarded Friday a 10-month contract for technical equipment and supplies to continue identifying fraudulent familial relationship claims made by individuals entering or attempting to enter the United States using rapid DNA testing.

The agency issued a firm-fixed-price contract to Bode Cellmark Forensics Inc., with a total value of $5.2 million. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract will provide ICE with an indefinite quantity of supplies and services until the procurement effort concludes next April.

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US Economy Boosts Trump’s Approval to Highest Mark in Two Years

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Washington DC, according to the Hill ,President Trump’s job approval rating is the highest it’s been in two years, boosted by voter optimism about the economy, according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey.The survey found that 48 percent approve of the job Trump is doing, compared to 52 percent who said they disapprove. That’s up from 45 percent approval in March. The last time the president’s job approval rating reached 48 percent in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey was in June of 2017.

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NJ Democrat Says Time Finalize Investigations and a Move Toward Productive Policy

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Mays Landing NJ, Congressman Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) delivered the following statement:

“I have had the opportunity to speak to the people of South Jersey. I have held Tele-Town Halls, gone to countless events, and met with thousands of the individuals who make up our community. Through this, there is one thing that has become predominantly clear to me: We must finalize these investigations and bring all of this to a conclusion in a timely manner. The people are exhausted with the bad gift that keeps on giving: the Mueller Report. They are tired of the investigations. They are tired of the accusations. They are tired of the reports. Every time it seems we are close to the finish line we take two steps back.

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Attorney General Granted Sweeping Powers for Inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation

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Washington DC, President Trump this week gave Attorney General William Barr sweeping new powers to examine and possibly release classified material related to the Justice Department’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation.Barr said last month he would examine the “genesis and conduct” of the Russia probe, adding that he believed the Trump campaign was “spied” on and wanted to ensure it was “adequately predicated.”

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Trump Administration Begins Monitoring Social Media Censorship

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Washington DC, The Trump Administration on Wednesday opened an online form where Americans can share instances in which they’ve been censored by social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube.

The form asks users to share their contact information, social media links, their citizenship and residency status and links or screenshots of any social media content they’ve posted that was censored by the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

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US Attorney John H. Durham to Look Into “Origins of Russia Inquiry”

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Washington DC, the New York Times is reporting  Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

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ICE shifts resources to address crisis at Southwest border

ICE HSI stepping up investigations into fraudulent family units seeking illegal entry into the US

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WASHINGTON DC, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reallocating resources to the Southwest border to investigate human smuggling operations and the use of fraudulent documents to create fake families seeking to exploit U.S. immigration laws.

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Voters Say Impeachment Unlikely from Mueller Report Despite Media’s Efforts

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Ridgewood NJ , according to the latest Rasmussen Report ,voters think Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is unlikely to help congressional Democrats impeach President Trump, but they expect reporters to try to hurt the president with it if they can.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters say the findings in the Mueller report are unlikely to lead to Trump’s impeachment, with 33% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree and say the report is likely to help impeach the president, but that includes only 14% who feel it’s Very Likely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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NJ Congressman Jeff Van Drew Grows Up Time For Congress to Get to Business


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Washington, D.C. Congressman Jeff Van Drew released the following statement regarding the Mueller Report and the impeachment question:

“Currently impeachment is not the answer. We have an election in a year and a half and the American people can decide then. We are thoroughly reviewing the Mueller Report, and once we are done with the review it is time to move forward and get to business. Congressional issues such as Social Security, Medicare, Health Insurance, Infrastructure, Student Debt, and Climate Change are all things that we should be focusing on. I look forward to working in a bipartisan way to solve some real issues.”