The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 905,000 more people were employed in the month of September; 341,000 fewer people were unemployed in the month of September; and 575,000 more people joined the labor force all in one month.

This stunning increase in the number of people employed out of unemployed individuals across the U.S. prove that America is on it’s way to full recovery. Ironically those who had previously given up hope, are heading back to work. Those who are usually the last to benefit from an employment upswing, like teenagers and african-americans, are included in these numbers showing a 0.7 percent increases in employment. The  133,000 people who considered themselves to be part-time employees for economic reasons, dropped significantly in September as well.

2.2 million more Americans have jobs and 834,000 fewer Americans are unemployed now than before Donald J. Trump took office. Food stamp data shows that 2.2 million fewer people are on food stamps than a year ago. This proves to be a savings of more than $15 billion for the taxpayers.

Unfortunately, some aspects of the economy are still settling downward as gasoline prices increase along with the havoc caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria respectively in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Although it is wise to remain skeptical of the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly job reports, however if September’s numbers hold up, the economy could be in for a burst of new vibrancy as a million new job holding consumers begin to exercise their purchasing power with all the residual benefits to the rest of the economy. Keep your eyes peeled for the October report. It will prove whether September was a mirage or not.






Most police officers are honorable and conscientious in their valiant service to the community. In fact many young boys and girls who desired careers in law enforcement reported being attracted by the uniform, the badge, the gun, the fast police cruiser and, most of all, the thrill of pursuing and catching the “bad guys.”  The excitement and the ability to wield absolute power over other human beings is attractive to most and many thrive off of the prospect of being cited as heroes. Even a smaller number of people actually become policemen & policewomen because most lack the self-discipline to obtain the requisite education and training the goes along with the position.

However, problems arise when a person with a criminal personality fights to complete the education and training and actually becomes a law enforcement officer. Some extreme cases are the cop who uses excessive force and may be sanctioned for “police brutality.”  The officer who pulls a female motorist over and if she “agrees” to have sex with him he will forego issuing a citation.  Or the policeman who confiscates drugs but uses some of them himself.

Then there are the officers who commit crimes under the radar by accepting bribes in exchange for turning a blind eye and not reporting a crime. One tell tale sign of a police officer with a criminal personality is one who does not get along with fellow officers and has interpersonal clashes with colleagues and supervisors. More times then not, these cops continue to keep their jobs because they know the system and are able to maneuver their way out of a jam. These are also the narcissistic sociopath personalities types who are able to pull the wool over people’s eyes and charm their way back into good graces unless they are exposed by someone with a keen eye.

Sadly, these men and women continue on in their careers of law enforcement and are never held accountable for what they’ve done behind their carefully structured guise of a badge or shield. One example is Officer, Drew Peterson. According to reports, Peterson was found guilty of failing to report a bribe and official misconduct, he was also accused of using excessive force. He was then fired from the Bollingbrook (Illinois) police department. Unfortunately he later won reinstatement and the charges were dropped. None-the-less when his fourth wife disappeared in 2007 he was finally charged in the 2004 death of his third wife. It took years to bring Peterson to justice.

“High voltage” occupations are attractive to criminals and mentally unstable individuals who seek power for their own gain. The cover of being a crime fighter enables these psychotic individuals to commit crimes that will serve them as they misuse their positions of authority. They will eventually slip up when they become comfortable and overly confident with a twisted life of undercover crime.






40 people are reported dead due to several massive wildfires that continue to ravage Northern California for almost a week now. Firefighters still struggle to gain the upper hand. The winds that once empowered the fires to spread so rapidly on Saturday are expected to die down today. After a day of new evacuations firefighters are able to go back on the offense as cooler temperatures are expected to arrive.

The Tubbs and Atlas fires which are both more than 50% contained, are under control now. The Nuns fire, which is 30% contained will gain more of Firefighters attention. The Tubbs and Nuns fires could merge but we Californian’s are hoping for the best.

Officials said strong winds kicked up Saturday night in the central Napa Valley region, causing some fires to spread and triggering evacuations in Sonoma and elsewhere. Many feared that Saturday’s forecast would increase devastation the way that the first flames did on Oct. 8th. The fires have since exploded into more then 15 fires that scorched 220,000 acres and destroyed an estimated 5,700 structures and caused at least 40 deaths.

The winds calmed down Saturday afternoon despite low humidity and red flag warnings throughout the region. Officials said, this calming aided firefighters who have been battling the fire around the clock. The only threat that still remains is low humidity, with the dry air continuing to transform grass and vegetation into fuel.

National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said, “It’s been drying out the mountains. It’s still going to be bone-dry out there overnight.” Dave Teter of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that more than 10,000 firefighters from California and other states are fighting the fires in Northern California. The Tubbs fire in Sonoma County killed Twenty-two people already, eight are dead in Mendocino County, four in Yuba County and six in Napa County.

A Pittsburg resident said, ”We’re going to be here for weeks. I’m 51 and been in California my whole life, and I’ve never seen a fire this bad.”

The devastation from the fires have been unbelievable. They destroyed hundreds of homes in California. There is no logic in the way the fires have been burning as they have been extremely unpredictable skipping certain homes and taking many lives.






Congress could not manage to repeal and replace Obamacare and install a healthcare plan that actually serves the American people, so President Trump set the wheels in motion to do it himself. With Trump’s most recent executive order, the consumer will have greater control over their health plan and the Labor Department (DOL) will be able to take an active role in reforming the system by going across state lines. While this might be a spot of brightness in a dark debate in Congress, Republicans must remain cautiously optimistic as the DOL moves forward.

The President’s “Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States” does precisely what the title suggests. The order directs the DOL, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Treasury to review regulations which inhibit choice and competition; their first directive is to expand access to association health plans (AHP) across state lines.

As Timothy Jost explains in a Heritage Foundation explains, “AHPs… are arrangements in which an insurance policy is held by an association to cover its members, or through which an association self-insures for the benefit of its members.  The association in turn issues certificates of coverage to its members, who are thus insured through the association.  An association may be a legitimate professional or trade association which incidentally offers health insurance to its members as a benefit.”

By expanding access to these plans, Trump will allow thousands of small business employers to have the same purchasing power as large employers to receive insurance options that work for themselves and their employees. Small businesses with limited bargaining power, will not able to join together to negotiate ideal benefits.

This also opens the door to insurance competition across state lines, rather than the current system in which insurance sales are restricted by state boundaries. Trump’s executive order urges the DOL to pursue allowing consumers to purchase plans in any state. The executive order empowers consumers to pay for plans they can afford that work for them.

This should drive down prices nationally. While an individual living in New Jersey pays nearly $500 a month in premiums, an individual in Utah pays just over $150, currently. If the DOL opens the door to cross-state competition, the New Jersey resident can now look to Utah insurance companies to buy their insurance, forcing New Jersey groups to lower prices or produce more attractive plans.

State legislators will have to adapt as well, decreased regulations will attract insurance companies and promote competition in the market. Trump’s executive order drives down premiums, making it the real affordable care plan.

But the devil ultimately remains in the details of how the DOL chooses to handle this change.

As Americans For Limited Government President Rick Manning explains, “President Trump has wisely asked the Department of Labor to examine the law and body of regulation to determine whether new regulations can be put into effect allowing for the sale of association health plans across state lines. The vast majority of Obamacare was written by federal bureaucrats interpreting the law via the regulatory process. President Trump’s direction to the Department of Labor will now use that same process, created by Congress, to inject competition into the healthcare markets.”

What Republicans should be quick to remember is that just like the Obama executive orders, what the current President puts in place via executive order the next president can remove. Trump’s noteworthy action is not an excuse for Congressional inaction; Congress must still take the steps to entirely repeal and replace Obamacare to ensure the full burden is removed from the American people.

Trump’s executive order is a step in the direction of greater choice and competition for the American people, but genuine healthcare reform is still needed. If Trump’s DOL can effectively open healthcare access across state lines and drive premiums down, they will be sending a message to the entire Congress — if we can do it, you must too.

Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government






15,000 sexual harassment complaints are filed to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission every year in the United States. A majority of the complaints are women being harassed by men even though victims are both men and women. The worse part is that most of female victims are being harassed by their supervisors.

83% of girls and 60% of boys experienced sexual harassment in their schools according to the American Association of University Women Foundation. These stats cannot account for the numerous unreported cases of sexual harassment that go on every day.

Some cases start out in the form of uncomfortable questions, comments or scenarios. While other cases can be harmless invitations to socialize outside of the work environment. The less obvious cases include inappropriate touching. If not dealt with it can spiral out of control and become a great source of stress, anxiety, depression, emotional pain and even job loss. Victim-blaming, self-blame, self-hatred, and hatred of those in authority then plague the lives of many victims.

Fear of judgement, shame, retaliation, including victims losing their jobs are the most common reasons for not reporting sexual harassment. Even though the EEOC protects against retaliation, unpaid interns, freelancers, contract workers, and people at businesses with fewer than 15 employees are not protected. Harassment thrives in our culture that tells victims and women that they have done something wrong to receive this unwanted attention or that they’re overreacting to something normal. The perpetrator should always be at fault one hundred percent of the time no matter what the victim did or didn’t do. Each man and each women must be held accountable for their actions no matter who they are or what their position is. This would be the correct response. It would encourage men and women to think twice before sharing explicit sexual comments or actions in the presence of another human being at work or any where else in the world.






Four days after the New York Times published an explosive report outlining Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual misconduct with women in Hollywood, Meryl Streep released a lengthy statement to HuffPost confirming the allegations regarding sexual harassment on his part. Other women effected by Weinstein’s lust-filled behavior include major names like Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Streep’s statement read, ”The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported. The intrepid women who raised their voices to expose this abuse are our heroes.”

“One thing can be clarified,” Streep said, when it comes to the claims, which were widely understood to be a known secret in the industry: “Not everybody knew.” Steep went on to say, “Harvey supported the work fiercely, was exasperating but respectful with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally. I didn’t know about these other offenses: I did not know about his financial settlements with actresses and colleagues; I did not know about his having meetings in his hotel room, his bathroom, or other inappropriate, coercive acts. And If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the entertainment and the hard news media would have neglected for decades to write about it.”

“The Iron Lady,” won Streep her most recent Academy Award, as well as “August: Osage County,” which also earned her an Oscar nomination. Streep and Weinstein worked together on multiple projects through the years, and somehow Streep claims she was unaware of this mega-producer’s behavior? How can one work so closely with another on multiple projects and never be made aware of such behavior?

Oddly enough Streep goes on to say, ”The behavior is inexcusable, but the abuse of power familiar,” she concluded. “Each brave voice that is raised, heard and credited by our watchdog media will ultimately change the game.”

This past Sunday, The Weinstein Company announced that Weinstein had been fired from his own company after initially being suspended for such behavior. The statement read, “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days…the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.”

Apparently, other actors or big time players in the entertainment industry were aware of Weinstein’s lack of discipline and deviant sexual behavior but never said or did anything about it. This weekend, Lorne Michaels allegedly cut several jokes about Weinstein from “Saturday Night Live,” while many of the late-night hosts have yet to address the controversy.

Either way, this behavior has gone on for years even decades and no one did or said anything about it till now. The question that still remains unanswered is… why?






If President Donald Trump decertifies the Iran nuclear deal under law because, in his determination, quoting the law, “suspension of sanctions related to Iran” is no longer “appropriate and proportionate to the specific and verifiable measures taken by Iran with respect to terminating its illicit nuclear program; and… vital to the national security interests of the United States…” then he cannot afford to send a mixed message. He has to go the full nine yards and reinstate sanctions on Iran, too.

To be clear, the legislation that enacted the Iran nuclear agreement in 2015 authorized the sanctions to be “waived, suspended, reduced, or otherwise relieved” by then President Barack Obama. The underlying statutes that authorized prior president to originally implement the sanctions remain in effect.

Meaning, President Trump already has all the authority from Congress he needs to reinstate the sanctions.

There is no particular need for Congress to revisit the issue, an option reportedly under consideration. Under the Iran nuclear deal, in the event the President does not recertify the agreement, Congress has 60 days to act to consider reinstating sanctions.

But that is only one option.

The fact is, Congress has already acted.

For example, the Iran Sanctions Act that covered nuclear activities, the oil industry and other areas — waived under the Iran nuclear deal — was set to itself expire on Dec. 31, 2016. But Congress reauthorized it after the 2016 election, with the sunset extending to Dec. 31, 2026. Although these particular sanctions remain waived pursuant to the Iran nuclear deal, the purpose of the reauthorization was so the Trump administration and other future administrations would have the option of scrapping the Iran nuclear deal if necessary and reinstating all of the prior sanctions.

Similarly, Section 1245 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, authorizing the President to freeze financial assets of Iran and those doing business with Iran as well as sanctions against Iran’s central bank, remains in effect. It has only been waived under the Iran nuclear deal. But if Trump decertifies the agreement, he can reinstate it. Congress doesn’t have to do a thing.

The same stands for the 2013 Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act (Subtitle D of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act) and the 2012 Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act. All remain in effect and were merely waived by President Obama pursuant to the Congressionally enacted Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Trump could also unilaterally reinstate Executive Orders 13574, 13590, 13622, 13645, and Sections 5-7 and 15 of Executive Order 13628, again, without Congress.

All of these prior sanctions were well within the President’s Article II constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations and found explicit backing in the aforementioned statutes and in other statutes as well, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et  seq.),  the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and  Divestment  Act  of  2010  (Public Law 111–195) (22  U.S.C.  8501 et seq.), as amended (CISADA), and section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)).

None of the above-mentioned laws were ever repealed by the Iran nuclear agreement. All Congress authorized the President to do was “suspend, waive, reduce or otherwise relieve” the sanctions.

Now, surely Trump can and should consult with members of Congress about which sanctions to reinstate, but he does not need their permission, which has already been granted. At the end of day, it is Trump who is the President of the United States.

This is not the same as kicking Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) down the road for six months for Congress to consider as part of wider considerations on, say, the RAISE Act ending chain migration, beefing up border security and building the wall, items that might be negotiated.

These are sanctions to curtail Iran from becoming the next North Korea, a rogue regime with nuclear weapons threatening to use them. If Trump is going to decertify the current agreement with Iran, because of noncompliance with it and Iran’s obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, because it turns out Iran is still on a crash course to build nuclear weapons, then there can be no ambiguity. The agreement should be decertified — and the sanctions put back into effect.

Another note on going back to Congress. In every case of the aforementioned sanctions, Congress has delegated authority to the President, some going back decades, to implement official, full force of law sanctions so that he can act quickly, and decisively. This is by design. The President is at the height of his powers when he acts with Congressional backing.

In that sense, if Trump wants to scrap the Iran nuclear deal because he determines that Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is a threat to national security, then he not only has the Congressional authority to act but a duty to act on behalf of the American people.

This is not a political football to punt to Congress.

There can be no half measure, which risks being viewed as a sign of weakness. For example, if Trump were to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, but not reinstate sanctions, the risk is of Congressional inaction on a matter of vital importance. Instead, if there must be any debate in Congress, it should only be on strengthening a reinstated sanction regime.

The bottom line is that there is little reason to decertify the Iran nuclear deal unless the intent is to reinstate the sanctions. And leaving it up to this Congress to do the right thing could be a big mistake. Particularly when the goal should be to put pressure on Iran.

This is the reason under the Constitution that there is only one president. So that in matters of foreign affairs, we speak with one voice.

At the end of the day, having the hapless House and Senate debate whether Iran ever broke the deal or not will hardly be a show of strength. It might even send an unintended message of political division over U.S. intent to disarm Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Remember, Mr. President, weakness is provocative.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.






The New York Times report regarding allegations of Harvey Weinstein raping multiple women in Hollywood was followed up with comments from a handful of other women who shared similar stories of Weinstein’s unwanted sexual advances. The latest women to come out with stories are Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Paltrow says before she began shooting her star-making 1996 film, “Emma,” she met with Weinstein in his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel — the same hotel where other women allege Weinstein also harassed them. Paltrow remembers the producer “placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages.” She was 22 years old at the time. Paltrow told the New York Times, “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.”

Paltrow refused his advances and ended up telling her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt about the unwanted encounter. Paltrow “thought he was going to fire” her. After Pitt “confronted” Weinstein he “threatened her not to tell anyone” about the incident. So Paltrow didn’t she remained silent and allowed this type of behavior to continue to happen to other women years into the future. By remaining silent, Paltrow went on to work with Weinstein again on “Shakespeare in Love,” and obtained for herself an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1999.

Paltrow’s story falls in line with many other women who have come forward with stories about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. Why they are suddenly coming out years after the incidents is the most alarming element of all. Allegedly Weinstein lured multiple women into his hotel room promising professional meetings at the start of their careers before making unwelcome sexual advances. Weinstein — or those around him — threatened other women to not come forward with any allegations, while award winning actresses chose not to speak up.

Angelina Jolie also recounted a similar experience with Weinstein around the release of “Playing by Heart” in the late ‘90s, but she never shared this information. Instead she kept the matter hidden and put herself and her career above the safety of other women that would be harrassed after her. Just the other day Jolie told the Times via email, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.” An eloquent statement by Ms. Jolie, but far too late for the fame saturated actress to come forth with.

The list of women goes on including Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, who all of a sudden decided to share their own accounts of Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment. Is it true that these women really want to expose evil for what it is or are they using this moment to further their careers once more by basking in the publicity of such a devastating situation.

More claims against Weinstein continue to mount this week and one is left questioning, why is everyone speaking up now? Where were all these stories when they happened? All of a sudden those who worked closely with Weinstein, starting their careers, gaining fame and fortune, awards and respect in the entertainment industry suddenly want to come forward to condemn his reported decades-long behavior. The actors who have risen to high ranks in the entertainment industry and suddenly want their names in articles like these are just as guilty as Weinstein. George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Paltrow, Jolie and more have released official statements in recent days. Sadly it has all come too late. Many other lives have been broken, breached and even damaged by Weinstein’s behavior that was allowed to go on for as long as it has. The worse of all are the actors who state that they were unaware of Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment before the New York Times’ report. Were they able to work closely with someone like Weinstein and not see even a hint of sexual harassment? Or are they the one’s who are even more fearful to admit what they’ve seen or known? The answer I leave for you to decide…






It’s always wise to let authorities know when you are shooting a film. As in the case where Indiana State Police body cam reveals footage of a Crawfordsville police officer approaching the door to a bar with his gun drawn in order to stop a supposed bank robbery.

When the officer saw the robber he shouted at the man to drop his weapon. As the suspect turned toward the officer he fired his gun at him. The suspect was identified by authorities as actor Jim Duff. Luckily he was unharmed and dropped his prop gun and pulled off his mask just in time to stop the officer from firing off another round.

Duff said, “We’re doing a movie.” The cop said “Excuse me?” during a brief moment of hesitation before ordering the man to the ground. The production company and the Back Step Brewing Company, did not notify officials of the film shoot.

Indiana State Police spokesperson Sgt. Kim Riley told reporters, “If you don’t know it is a movie scene, how are you supposed to react? I know if it was my situation, I probably would have done the same thing.” Thankfully, the situation was diffused without injuries.






According to a report from the Daily Beast, Jesus Campos, an unarmed security guard found shooter Stephen Paddock in his 32nd-floor suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night. He drew Paddock’s fire away from concertgoers before police or a SWAT team arrived.

Paddock planted hidden surveillance cameras behind the peephole on his door and in the hallway during the shooting. Paddock saw Campos approaching the hotel suit and hit Campos in the right leg after firing through the door. This statement was given by Dave Hickey, president of the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America. This union represents Campos and hundreds of other Mandalay Bay security guards.

Campos had to use the elevator to try and find the shooter who was firing on the crowd below, since Paddock had blocked stairwell doors leading to the hallway outside his room. Campos discovered that the door had been barricaded when he tried to enter Paddock’s room, moments before the bullets flew.

Campos, radioed casino dispatch and communicated his location. He was hit while unarmed with any weapons. Gunfire was exchanged with Paddock when additional security guards and police officers rushed to the scene. Approximately an hour after Paddock ceased firing a SWAT team arrived. The team found the killer inside, after using explosives to blow off the door. He was found dead by a self-inflicted gunshot wound when they arrived.

Paddock’s rampage could have resulted in even more deaths than the 59 reported without the brave actions of Campos. Campos still has a bullet in his leg, but it will be removed during an upcoming surgery. Hickey said, “We just want to make sure that Mr. Campos and all of our officers are recognized for what they do every day, which is protect people.”