Congrats to Brian Mast on Congressional Win!

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Brian Mast one of 7 New Veterans Heading to Washington

Brian is a true American Hero, Purple Heart Recipient and Bronze Star Recipient. He served our country and is the kind of man we need in Congress.  We are so excited he won his bid for Congress and can’t wait to support his efforts as one of 7 New Veterans heading to Washington.

About American Hero Brian Mast

According to Brian, “Serving my country is all I ever really wanted to do. It runs in my blood from my father to my uncles. My wife Brianna and I pray that one day our children

His  parents, James Mast & Timoxena Trujillo, always instilled in Brian a strong work ethic and a deeply rooted patriotism. They showed him how long held American values have made our country great and can bring success in every endeavor he has the courage to undertake.

After graduating from South Christian High School in 1999, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps and enlisted in the U.S. Army. There he enjoyed service for over 12 years. However, as much as he loved being a soldier, he always knew pleasure was never its intent. During his military service, he had the honor of serving under the elite Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as a bomb disposal expert. This meant that life was always dangerous and very often deadly.

Working under JSOC meant fighting at the tip of the spear in the ongoing war against radical Islamic terrorism. Being a bomb technician in this high level of special operations came with a great responsibility. Brian’s task was protecting his fellow soldiers from the war’s most deadly weapon, the improvised explosive device (IED). This meant placing himself directly in the line of fire on each and every mission.

While he was able to detect and destroy most of these IED’s, the very last IED Brian found resulted in sustained catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs. During this time in service Brian was awarded medals for valor, merit, and sacrifice, to include The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Brian stated, “I believe in my heart that the trials we each face have little importance compared to what we do in response to each challenge that we face. We as Americans do not curl up into a corner and quit when life gets tough. We own our challenges. We use those challenges as the tool to make us the strongest we have ever been. I believe it is that kind of people we must never cease to be.”

As a result, when Brian awoke after injury in Walter Reed Army Medical Center his focus was singular: get better, get back to work, and get back to serving America. Brian decided he was not going to let the best defense he had given our country be in his past. Each day thereafter consisted of 8 grueling hours of physical therapy. In addition to recovery and his ongoing military duties, he would also provide my requested expertise to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF).

Following retirement from the Army, Brian continued his work in counter terrorism and national defense as an Explosive Specialist under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Brian also carried forward in life the standard that whatever cause he believes in, he will not just support in word, but will support with the work of his hands. For this reason, in 2015, Brian volunteered to serve alongside the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to show support for the freedom Israel represents throughout the Middle East and the world.

Brian was proud to pledge his life in defense of our country. That is a commitment which will always live inside of him. Brian will be humbled and honored to fight for you as your next Congressman from Florida’s 18th congressional district. Brian has promised that he will serve you in Congress as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice.

We thank Brian and others for their service to the United States and are truly honored to support Brian and other Veterans in their desire to serve in Politics and transition from Military to Career.

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Enquirer Responds To Morning Joe Report

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The following statement is from Dylan Howard, Chief Content Officer, Vice-President of American Media, Inc.  “At the beginning of June we accurately reported a story that recounted the relationship between Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the truth of which is not in dispute.  At no time did we threaten either Joe or Mika or their children in connection with our reporting on the story.  We have no knowledge of any discussions between the White House and Joe and Mika about our story, and absolutely no involvement in those discussions.”

SOURCE American Media, Inc.

Don’t Answer or Call Back Calls from These Area Codes

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Scammers are always coming up with different ways to take your hard-earned cash, especially with smart phones and changing technology.  Now, there are over 35 area codes you need to be aware of before you pick up your next phone call.

Inc.com reports the scam that seems to re-appear every couple years is back helping criminals steal your money.  Experts say scammers are hiding behind international area codes that look like US phone numbers.

According to Inc.com, it’s a form of the so-called “473” scam.  There are three different variations that you need to be aware of:

Robo-calls:  Scammers will use robo-calls to potential victims.  The caller will hang up the line before anyone picks up.

Threats: Criminals will wait for victims to answer and then play a recording, usually of someone who says they are in danger or need help out of a threatening situation.

Text messages: Scammers use the same cry for help through text messages directly to your phone.

The area codes are international numbers that still fall under the +1 country code. According to Inc.com, scammers want you to call or text back.  Those call-back numbers are often premium numbers, similar to 1-900 numbers. Calling or texting back can lead to expensive charges on your next phone bill.

Here are the current international area codes within the +1 country code:

242 — Bahamas

441 — Bermuda

784 — St. Vincent and Grenadines

246 — Barbados

473 — Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique

809, 829, and 849 — Dominican Republic

264 — Anguilla

649 — Turks and Caicos

868 — Trinidad and Tobago

268 — Antigua

664 — Montserrat

876 — Jamaica

284 — British Virgin Islands

721 — Sint Maarten

758 — St. Lucia

869 — St. Kitts and Nevis

345 — Cayman Islands

767 — Dominica

Here are the U.S. Territories’ area codes:

American Samoa — 684

Guam — 671

Northern Mariana Islands — 670

Puerto Rico — 787 and 939

U.S. Virgin Islands — 340

Here are the Canadian area codes (listed by province):

Alberta — 403, 587, and 780

British Columbia — 236, 250, 604, and 778

Manitoba — 204 and 431

New Brunswick — 506

Newfoundland — 709 (879 is being added in 2018)

Northwest Territories — 867

Nova Scotia — 902

Nunavut — 867

Ontario — 226, 249, 289, 343, 365, 416, 437, 519, 613, 647, 705, 807, and 905

Quebec — 418, 438, 450, 514, 579, 581, 819, and 873

Saskatchewan — 306 and 639

Yukon — 867

Nationwide — 600 (and possibly 622, 633, 644, 655, 677, and 688)

U.S.-Canada Numbers to Beware:

Area code — 900

Inc.com says if you miss a call, whomever called can send you a text message or leave a voicemail.  If they did neither, and you don’t know who called, you should probably not worry about it.  If you get a call or text about a person in a threatening situation, you should call police.

You can always report any scams to your local law enforcement agency.

U.S. Employer Confidence Remains Positive as One in Five Plan to Increase Staff in Q2 2017

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U.S. employers expect the hiring pace to remain positive in Q2 2017 with 22 percent of employers planning to add staff between April and June. According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, employers in all U.S. regions and industry sectors expect headcount to grow in Q2, with the upbeat forecast indicating that political uncertainty has not yet dented employer confidence.

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View complete Q2 2017 survey results for the U.S. below:

Of the 11,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 73 percent expect no change in hiring plans and only three percent of employers expect workforce reductions. The Net Employment Outlook* for Quarter 2 2017 is +17%, relatively stable compared to the previous quarter and one year ago, taking into account seasonal variations.

Nationwide, employers in all 13 industry sectors expect to add staff in Q2 2017. Industries reporting the strongest second quarter hiring intentions are: Leisure & Hospitality (+28%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+21%), Transportation & Utilities (+20%) and Professional & Business Services (+19%).

“U.S. employers have a positive Outlook for the coming quarter as the country waits to understand how the new administration’s policies will come into effect. We are also seeing an emerging positive Outlook from manufacturing employers who are reporting some of their strongest hiring plans since the end of the recession,” said Michael Stull, Senior Vice President, Manpower North America. “The sector is showing signs of entering a renaissance period, transforming itself to be higher tech and data driven, stepping up to the increased global competitiveness. We’re seeing traditional manufacturing hubs go from rust-belt to brain-belt through targeted investments in tailored training programs, like our MyPath initiative, that help re-skill the workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. To keep up, the pace needs to be faster and will require more employers to go all in to build the skills. But we’re encouraged to see the green shoots emerge in manufacturing and overall hiring.”

Quarter

Increase Staff Levels

Decrease Staff Levels

Maintain Staff Levels

Don’t Know

Net Employment Outlook

(deseasonalized)

Q2 2017 (current)

22%

3%

73%

2%

17%

Q1 2017 (previous quarter)

19%

6%

73%

2%

16%

Q2 2016 (one year ago)

22%

4%

72%

2%

16%

U.S. Hiring Plans by Regions, Industry Sectors and Metro Areas/States

All regions in the U.S. are optimistic about their hiring plans in Q2 2017.

  • Quarter over quarter, U.S. employers in the Midwest, South and West expect hiring to remain relatively stable, while employers in the Northeast expect a slight decrease in hiring.
  • Compared to Q2 2016, employers in the West report a slightly stronger Outlook, while employers in the Northeast, Midwest and South anticipate a relatively stable hiring pace.
  • For the coming quarter, employers in Montana, Colorado, Maine, Alaska, Hawaii and Michigan report the strongest Net Employment Outlooks. Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in Nashville, Tenn.; Provo, Utah; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Fresno, Calif.; and Raleigh, N.C.

Complete results for the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey are shown below.The Q3 2017 survey will be released June 13, 2017.

*The Net Employment Outlook is derived by taking the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in hiring activity and subtracting from this the percentage of employers expecting a decrease in hiring activity.

About Guest Author ManpowerGroup


ManpowerGroup® (NYSE: MAN) is the world’s workforce expert, creating innovative workforce solutions for nearly 70 years. We connect more than 600,000 people to meaningful work across a wide range of skills and industries every day. Through our ManpowerGroup family of brands – Manpower®, Experis®, Right Management® and ManpowerGroup® Solutions – we help more than 400,000 clients in 80 countries and territories address their critical talent needs, providing comprehensive solutions to resource, manage and develop talent. In 2017, ManpowerGroup was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the seventh consecutive year and one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, confirming our position as the most trusted and admired brand in the industry. See how ManpowerGroup makes powering the world of work humanly possible: www.manpowergroup.com.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

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Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Courtney Simmons Elwood – General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Noel J. Francisco – Solicitor General, Department of Justice
  • Jeffrey A. Rosen – Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • John J. Sullivan – General Counsel, Department of Defense
  • Ajit V. Pai – Member of the Federal Communications Commission

In addition, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key Administration post:

Tony E. Sayegh, Jr. – Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs, Department of the Treasury

“These dedicated men and women will help me and the rest of the Administration as we continue our work to make America great again. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and honored that they will be joining my team,” President Trump said.

Exxon Announces Plans to Create 45K Jobs

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Exxon Mobil (XOM) will spend $20 billion by 2022 to expand its footprint along the U.S. Gulf Coast, creating more than 45,000 jobs.

The world’s largest publicly traded oil company said Monday it will invest in refining and chemical-manufacturing projects at 11 proposed and existing sites, located in Texas and Louisiana. Speaking at the CERAWeek conference in Houston, Exxon’s new CEO Darren Woods noted that 35,000 temporary construction jobs will be needed. The investments will also create 12,000 permanent jobs.

Many of the new positions will be for high-skilled, high-paying jobs with an average salary of about $100,000 a year, Woods said in Exxon’s announcement.

“The United States is a leading producer of oil and natural gas, which is incentivizing U.S. manufacturing to invest and grow,” Woods said.

President Donald Trump applauded the news, calling Exxon’s plans “ambitious.”

“This is exactly the kind of investment, economic development and job creation that will help put Americans back to work,” Trump said in a statement released by the White House. “Many of the products that will be manufactured here in the United States by American workers will be exported to other countries, improving our balance of trade.”

 

Exxon said its investments will spur $20 billion in new economic activity and increase the company’s manufacturing and export capacity. Related investments on the Gulf Coast began in 2013.

The projects include the company’s chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas businesses.

Woods became CEO of Irving, Texas-based Exxon this year after Rex Tillerson was tapped by Trump as the president’s nominee for Secretary of State.

Trump Hiring Boom Continues

This announcement is in addition to all the companies like Amazon and Home Depot that announced new jobs in January and February 2017.  ‘February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years,’ Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement.

Sec Tom Price Endorses the American Health Care Act

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., endorsed the American Health Care Act on behalf of the Trump administration. In a letter to Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), Secretary Price praised the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare for its “patient-centered solutions that will provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality healthcare, promote innovation, and offer peace of mind for those with pre-existing conditions.”

View the full letter below, read the bill at readthebill.gop, and learn more about the American Health Care Act at speaker.gov.

March 7, 2017

Dear Chairman Walden and Chairman Brady:

On behalf of the Trump Administration, I am writing in support of the reconciliation recommendations recently released for consideration by your Committees. Together, they align with the President’s goal of rescuing Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act. These proposals offer patient-centered solutions that will provide all Americans with access to affordable, quality healthcare, promote innovation, and offer peace of mind for those with pre-existing conditions.

Your legislative proposals are consistent with the President’s commitment to repeal the Affordable Care Act; provide advanceable, refundable tax credits for Americans who do not already receive such tax benefits through health insurance offered by their employers; put Medicaid on a sustainable path and remove burdensome requirements in the program to better target resources to those most in need; empower patients and put healthcare dollars and decisions back into their hands by expanding the use of health savings accounts; ensure a stable transition away from the Affordable Care Act; and protect people with pre-existing conditions.

Achieving all of the President’s goals to reform healthcare will require more than what is possible in a budget reconciliation bill, as procedural rules on this type of legislation prevent inclusion of key policies such as selling insurance across state lines, lowering drug costs for patients, providing additional flexibility in Medicaid for states to manage their programs in a way that best serves their most vulnerable citizens, or medical legal reforms. Your proposals represent a necessary and important first step toward fulfilling our promises to the American people. We look forward to working with you throughout the legislative process, making necessary technical and appropriate changes, and ensuring eventual arrival of this important bill on the President’s desk.

Yours truly,

Thomas E. Price, M.D.

Secretary

Republicans Release The American Health Care Act Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement on introduction of the American Health Care Act:

“Obamacare is rapidly collapsing. Skyrocketing premiums, soaring deductibles, and dwindling choices are not what the people were promised seven years ago. It’s time to turn a page and rescue our health care system from this disastrous law. The American Health Care Act is a plan to drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance. It protects young adults, patients with pre-existing conditions, and provides a stable transition so that no one has the rug pulled out from under them.

“Working together, this unified Republican government will deliver relief and peace of mind to the millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare. This will proceed through a transparent process of regular order in full view of the public. I want to thank all of our members who have contributed their ideas, especially Chairman Walden and Chairman Brady, as well as Secretary Price and the Trump administration, for their commitment to keep this promise and get this right.”

Read the Bill Below:

 

President Trump Proclaims March 5 through March 11, 2017, as National Consumer Protection Week

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NATIONAL CONSUMER PROTECTION WEEK 2017

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

The economic strength and vitality of our Nation is directly linked to our consumers’ confidence in the integrity and security of their personal information and the robust protection of their privacy.  As an increasing number of transactions and activities occur online, the safety of vital consumer information is increasingly at risk.  The American people deserve freedom from unscrupulous actors who perpetrate identity theft, abuse personal information, or engage in fraud.

Cyber crimes, which defraud hard-working Americans, cost our families billions of dollars each year and result in tremendous stress, loss of time, and hardship.  Americans must have access to the tools necessary to protect their personal information and privacy and know how to use them to improve their online security.  Our first defense against fraudulent cyber transactions and the misuse of personal information will always be a well-informed consumer.

National Consumer Protection Week reminds us of the importance of empowering consumers by helping them to more capably identify and report cyber scams, monitor their online privacy and security, and make well-informed decisions.  The Federal Government, in conjunction with a network of national organizations and State and local partners, provides consumer education resources to help Americans protect their personal information.  These resources assist military service members and their families, identity-theft victims, and all potentially vulnerable consumers.  Our work to protect consumers from identity theft, abuse of personal information, and fraud, and to improve the integrity and security of our marketplaces, enhances the prosperity of our great country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 5 through March 11, 2017, as National Consumer Protection Week.  I call upon government officials, industry leaders, and advocates to educate our citizens about the protection of personal information and identity theft through consumer education activities in communities across the country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

Home Depot Hiring 80,000 Spring 2017

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Applying for a job at the world’s largest home improvement retailer now takes about 15 minutes using any device, thanks to a shorter application and mobile-optimized Careers site at careers.homedepot.com.

“We want everyone to have an easy and convenient experience with The Home Depot, whether they’re shopping with us or applying for a position,” said Tim Crow, EVP — Human Resources.

“Behind the Apron” Series
The company also is highlighting the personal stories of current Home Depot associates to give job seekers a glimpse of the fun and interesting people that make up the company’s rich culture. Behind the Apron is a series of video and photo essays available on The Home Depot’s digital content site, Built from Scratch, as well as the Careers site and #HomeDepotHiring hashtag. Here, job seekers also can view the number of job openings in major local markets, interview tips and more.

Current Opportunities
Opportunities are available at The Home Depot’s nearly 2,000 U.S. stores, as well as 75 distribution facilities. They include customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store support and cashier positions. The company’s Merchandising Execution Team – responsible for setting merchandising displays and ensuring products are customer-ready – also is hiring this spring.

The time Home Depot associates accrue during their seasonal assignments generally applies to eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position with the company. Part-time and full-time permanent hourly associates at The Home Depot qualify for profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan. Plus, all Home Depot associates have access to exclusive deals on cell phones, electronics, gym memberships and more through the company’s associate discount site.

Quick Facts

  • The Home Depot’s “Success Sharing” profit sharing program has paid out more than $1 billion in bonus checks over the past five years.
  • The Home Depot has granted associates more than $127 million in tuition reimbursement over the past 11 years.
  • Associates who use The Home Depot’s discount site save an average of $300/year on their cell phone bills and $421 on auto insurance when they switched from their prior carrier.
  • About 80 percent of Home Depot store managers started as hourly associates.
  • More than half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires transitioned to permanent positions last year.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,278 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

4 Tips to Help You Nail Your Home Depot Interview

So you’ve landed an interview at your local Home Depot. Now what? Check out four tips for success as you prepare to make a positive impression.

  1. Take some time to research The Home DepotMaking a good first impression is all about being prepared. Before your interview, visit our stores to learn about our different departments and products. Think about potential interview questions relevant to the position you’re applying for, and practice how you plan to answer those questions.
  1. Relax and be yourself. Be confident and let your personality shine. We want to get to know you and see your enthusiasm about the opportunity to work in our stores.
  1. Tell us what’s unique about you. Do you speak any additional languages? Do you have any specific interests or relevant experience? This is your chance tell us what sets you a part from the crowd.
  1. Be ready to share how you like to serve customers. At The Home Depot, excellent customer service is at the core of our values. We want someone who is willing to go above and beyond to help our customers successfully complete their home projects. Let us know about your previous customer service experience, and tell us about how you can work as a member of a team to put the customer first.

 

 

National Consumer Protection Week Resources

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National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a time to help people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money

Get Involved in National Consumer Protection Week

You can be a part of NCPW! Check out these tips for spreading the word, reaching local press and social media – plus tools like social media images and a sample article to personalize and promote NCPW, or your own community event.

Reach out to your community!

  • Plan an event – Host a forum, workshop or seminar in your community and share the tools people need for today’s economy. Partner with local organizations such as a police department or library.
  • Write about it – Draft an article and send it to local organizations so they can promote consumer education through their publications.
  • Blog about it – Add a comment about NCPW to blogs you regularly read. Keep your comment brief and include a link to your NCPW event, your website for consumer tips, or consumer.ftc.gov.
  • Spread the word – Encourage your audience to tell friends, family, colleagues and neighbors about NCPW. Word of mouth is powerful!

NCPW Military Resources

NCPW week is a great time to reach out to people in the military community about consumer protection. Our Military Consumer Toolkit can help with outreach. Military Consumer includes many of the same partners as NCPW.

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