Apr 25, 2017

Social conservative group gives Trump top marks

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One of the most influential social conservative groups in the country, the Susan B. Anthony List, has issued a glowing appraisal of President Trump's first 100 days. The group's leader, Marjorie Dannenfelser, will release a report today saying Trump has "has governed as a pro-life president."

Why this matters: social conservatives and evangelical voters comprise a substantial portion of Trump's base and they turned out in record numbers to elect him. He needs their continued support and can't afford for them to become disillusioned by his presidency.

The SBA List report praises Trump for the following actions in his first 100 days:

"Confirmation of pro-life Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court." (Our side note: Gorsuch wouldn't reveal his views on Roe v Wade during his confirmation, and he says Trump never asked him, despite Trump promising to appoint pro-life justices.)"Strong pro-life appointments to key positions including: Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, HHS Secretary Tom Price, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway.""Reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy...which stops U.S. taxpayer funding of the abortion industry overseas."Cutting off U.S. taxpayer funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) — "which has a long history of involvement in China's brutal birth limitation policy.""Enactment of the Congressional Review Act H.J. Res 43 to allow states the option to prioritize Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood.""Support for legislation in the U.S. House that repeals Obamacare and redirects taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood to community health centers."

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Americans journeyed to beaches, restaurants and cemeteries on Saturday to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, roughly three months after the coronavirus pandemic first began spreading across the U.S.

The big picture: Retail and recreation has become steadily available in many states over the past two weeks, as nearly every state across the U.S. has taken steps to reopen their economies partially or completely, per a New York Times analysis.

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  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
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Republicans sue California over mail-out ballot plan

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President Trump accused Democrats of trying "Rig" November's general election as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.

Driving the news: Newsom signed an executive order this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic ensuring that all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot.