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President Trump told cheering blue-collar workers Thursday at a plant near Pittsburgh, "You're already seeing what's happening. There's never been a better time to hire in America, to invest in America and to believe in the American Dream than right now." (Associated Press)

On 'rocket fuel': Economy roars to life during Trump's first year

- The Washington Times

President Trump marks his first year in office Saturday riding a wave of strong economic news, including a record-high stock market, a low unemployment rate and computer giant Apple's decision to bring back hundreds of billions of dollars from overseas and create 20,000 U.S. jobs, spurred by Republican tax cuts.

In this Jan. 16, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. An Associated Press review of statements made under oath by Trump gives clues about how he might handle questions from special counsel Robert Muellers team of investigators. Its not clear when or even if Mueller and his team will question Trump, though the topic has been broached. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to tout tax cut law in Pennsylvania

- The Washington Times

President Trump is heading to western Pennsylvania on Thursday to tout the new tax cut law, returning to the blue-collar voters who backed him in 2016 to highlight his efforts to "bring back" manufacturing jobs and revitalize the region.

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won't be bound by past defense spending agreements. (Associated Press)

Democrats, Republicans closer to spending cap deal

- The Washington Times

Republicans and Democrats are supposedly close to a deal that would lift universally derided spending caps, but the negotiations have been hamstrung by the fact that the two sides can't even agree on what constitutes "parity" between defense and non-defense funding.