▪President Donald Trump surpassed 50 percent disapproval this week after just eight days in office— by far the fastest of any president in recent history. For Ronald Reagan, it took 727 days to reach 50 percent disapproval; George H.W. Bush, 1,336 days; Bill Clinton, 573 days; George W. Bush, 1,205 days; and Barack Obama, 936 days. Vox.com
▪Every month, Mexicans living in the U.S. send $2_billion across the border to their families. More than 6_million Mexicans, or about 7_percent of the adult population, benefit from such remittances, which collectively account for nearly 3_percent of the country’s economy. FiveThirtyEight.com
▪George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 soared to the top of the Amazon bestseller list after White House aide Kellyanne Conway used the phrase “alternative facts” to defend the Trump administration’s disagree-ment with press reports.
▪The share of American workers in unions fell to a record low in 2016. About 10.7_percent of workers were union members last year, down from 11.1_percent in 2015 and from more than 20 percent in the early 1980s.
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▪ Since 9/11, an average of nine Americans per year have been killed by Islamic terrorists on U.S. soil. That compares with 12,843 killed per year in gun homicides and 37,000 who die in auto accidents.