WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 19: In a break with many in his party, House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gives an opening statement about the need to lift the travel ban for U.S. citizens to Cuba on Capitol Hill November 19, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee heard from witnesses on both sides of the issue as Congress gears up for a battle over Cuba policy, with proponents saying they have their best chance in years of repealing the decades-old ban on U.S. tourist travel to the island. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Flake
Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2009 Getty Images
During the first Arizona Senate debate on Wednesday, Rep. Jeff Flake said he has not and will not sign Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge. “The only pledge I’d sign is a pledge to sign no more pledges,” Flake said. “I don’t want higher taxes. But no more pledges.” It turns out Flake was only half right. Americans for Tax Reform lists him as one of the 238 Representatives who have signed the bill, which does mean he can’t sign itagain.
This could be a big deal, opening the door to meaningful reform
Manchin on the filibuster to @MeetThePress: “If you want to make it a little bit more painful, make him stand there and talk, I’m willing to look at any way we can. But I’m not willing to take away the involvement of the minority.”
Most job gains were in the leisure and hospitality sector, which includes restaurants
Hiring accelerated sharply in February as restaurants and other hospitality businesses reopened, adding 379,000 to U.S. payrolls and fueling renewed growth as the coronavirus pandemic eases.
U.S. employers added jobs for the second straight month in February, the Labor Department said Friday, in what marks a sharp pickup from earlier this winter.
The unemployment rate, determined by a separate survey, ticked down to 6.2% last month. The jobless rate is well down from a 14.8% peak in April 2020, but remains above pre-pandemic levels, when unemployment was near 50-year lows.
According to Quinnipiac, Cuomo’s position post-scandal is not disastrous
New via @QuinnipiacPoll: -New York voters say 55-40% that Cuomo should *not* resign -59-36% say they would *not* like to see Andrew Cuomo run for reelection in 2022 -45-46% Cuomo job approval rating, with Democrats *approving* 65-27% https://t.co/8AGvqH6YTB