Thursday Numbers

I know the voices aren’t real, but man do they come up with some great ideas. – Unknown

Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include unemployment, the count of Trump’s false or misleading claims, migrant children, summer arrives, Republican Attorneys General Association, the wall & immigration, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Steve Schmidt, smokers, Kansas City Royals, Canada & marijuana, and much more!


That’s how many people filed new claims for unemployment last week. (USDOL)


According to an analysis by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker through the end of May, President Donald Trump had made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days — an average of 6.5 such claims per day of his presidency. (WaPo)

Trump should be proud – not many people could do this…


The cost of holding migrant children who have been separated from their parents in newly created “tent cities” is $775 per person per night, according to an official at the Department of Health and Human Services — far higher than the cost of keeping children with their parents in detention centers or holding them in more permanent buildings. (NBC News)


Today (June 21) is the first day of summer. Summer ends on September 22. If my calculation is correct, that is 93 days of summer. Enjoy!


CBS News reviewed 88 donations over $50,000 or more to Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) and found 46 of those donors had matters under consideration by a state attorney general or had recently settled. Others needed help from the AG community. The NRA, for instance, made a $700,000 donation to RAGA four weeks after the Las Vegas shooting. (CBS News)

I wonder if Montana Attorney General Tim Fox attended. Maybe he will email his answer to me (


The majority of Americans (57%) oppose expanding the construction of walls along the nation’s Southern border, a centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s proposed immigration-related policies. At the same time, a large majority of Americans (83%) favor allowing immigrants brought into the country illegally as children to have a pathway to U.S. citizenship. (Gallup)


U.S. adults view White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about equally favorably (41%) as unfavorably (38%), while a sizable minority (21%) have no opinion of her after nearly a year in one of the Trump administration’s most visible roles. (Gallup)

It’s a tough job, but working for Trump makes it even tougher.


“29 years and nine months ago I registered to vote and became a member of The Republican Party which was founded in 1854 to oppose slavery and stand for the dignity of human life. Today I renounce my membership in the Republican Party. It is fully the party of Trump.” – @SteveSchmidtSES

Welcome to the club, Steve.


About 14 percent of U.S adults were smokers last year, down from about 16 percent the year before, government figures show. (USA Today)

I guess that means the government will have to tax them even more…


The Kansas City Royals have lost nine games in a row and 15 of the last 16 games. The only team with a worse record is the Baltimore Orioles. (ESPN)

It’s time for Royals manager Ned Yost to go.


Canada is the second country in the world to legalize marijuana, paving the way for recreational sales throughout the country. Uruguay did so in 2013. (Business Insider)

Road trip…