▪ In an impromptu half-hour interview President Trump gave to The New York Times on Dec. 28, he made 24 false, misleading, or dubious claims—a rate of one every 75 seconds. Among them: “I am the one that saved coal” and “I think it’s been proven there is no collusion.” In 2017, fact-checkers found, Trump made 1,950 false or misleading claims.
The Washington Post
▪ The new year brought minimum-wage increases in 18 states and almost two dozen municipalities. Those include: Arizona, where the pay floor initially rose 50 cents on Jan. 1 as part of a four-year process to boost base salaries for non-tipped workers to $12 an hour, and Washington, where the minimum wage will rise to $11.50 an hour this year and to $13.50 an hour by 2020. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.
The Wall Street Journal
▪ The year 2017 was the safest on record for airline passengers, without a single commercial jet crashing in passenger service anywhere in the world. The chances of a commercial plane being involved in a fatal accident are now 1 in 16million, according to aviation consultancy To70.
▪ Roughly 8.8 million people signed up for Affordable Care Act coverage through HealthCare.gov during last year’s open enrollment period. That’s slightly shy of 2016’s total of 9.2 million— despite the Trump administration’s cuts to outreach programs and a halving of the signup window from 90 to 45 days.