“The White House on Thursday announced that it is launching an ad campaign to raise awareness about opioid abuse among young people as part of its effort to fight the nationwide epidemic of addiction,” Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill. “The goal is for other young adults to see the ads and ask themselves if they can prevent their lives and others’ lives from going [into addiction],” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said.
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“President Donald Trump said on Thursday after White House talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the two leaders were working together to improve trading relations and that Abe promised new Japanese investment in the United States,” Reuters reports. “We’re working hard to reduce our trade imbalance which is very substantial, remove barriers to U.S. exports and to achieve a fair and mutually beneficial economic partnership,” President Trump said from the Rose Garden.
“The total number of workers receiving unemployment benefits is running at the lowest levels in 44 years, the Department of Labor reported Thursday in more encouraging news about the economy,” Joseph Lawler writes for the Washington Examiner. “In recent months, [decreasing unemployment benefit] claims have been the brightest among a number of labor statistics that suggest that the jobs market is red hot.”
“Alice Marie Johnson gave a message to President Donald Trump on Thursday after he commuted her sentence this week, expressing gratitude for what he did for her and her family,” Andrew Kugle writes in The Washington Free Beacon. “It's an amazing feeling. Especially just being with my family again,” Johnson said after President Trump commuted her life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.