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Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump's 100 days have already reshaped America

Kellyanne Conway 6:05 a.m. ET April 29, 2017


President Trump in the Oval Office on March 21, 2017. (Photo: Nicholas Kamm, AFP/Getty Images)

Donald J. Trump has launched his presidency with a 100-day stretch of accomplishments and progress that has had a positive impact on millions of Americans.

President Trump has enacted more legislation and signed more executive orders in his first 100 days than any president in a half century, despite historic Democratic obstruction. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court. Illegal border crossings are at a 17-year low . U.S. exports have spiked to a two-year high . As the economy has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, the number of people collecting unemployment has hit a 17-year low .  Mr. Trump has started to chip away at a burdensome regulatory framework that punishes job creators, prohibits innovation, and prevents aspiring entrepreneurs from entering the marketplace, saving companies and workers and estimated $18 billion annually.

Commander-in-Chief Trump has shown strength and started to restore America’s standing in the world. Investments in the military, swift action in Syria, Afghanistan, and 16 bi-lateral meetings with world leaders enhance the safety and security of America, her allies, and her citizens.

These facts fly in the face of a presumptively negative portrayal by many in the media.

A recent study found that 89 percent of the broadcast media’s coverage of President Trump has been negative, even as objective measures indicate that Americans are feeling extraordinarily optimistic with President Trump at the helm.

Yet most Americans discern the difference between news and noise, and they want their country – and their President – to succeed.

According to a Pew Research Center survey, Americans hold the most positive assessment of the economy in 10 years. Consumer confidence has soared to its highest level in more than 16 years . Manufacturers’ optimism is up 35 points from just a year ago, clocking in at 93% .  Homebuilders’ confidence has reached a twelve-year high .

In three short months, President Trump has delivered on his vow to the forgotten men and women of America to upend a swamp-like system that favors special interests and the powerful. Rather than be ignored, the middle class inspire greater accountability and oversight measures in government, a bold tax reform and relief plan, and increased opportunities in vocational and technical education and related employment.

It took President Obama more than a year to pass Obamacare . It has taken President Trump a matter of weeks to fashion a replacement for Obamacare that lowers costs, increases access and improves quality in health care.

President Trump’s first 100 days – like his election – is historic in many ways. So, too, is the vocal and visceral obstruction of Democratic elected officials. They have made plain their wholesale resistance, despite the desire among many of their constituents to support major pieces of the Trump agenda. If Democrats join this President in putting America first and unite for the good of the American people,


Where NFL Draft picks went to high school, Rounds 2 and 3

High School Football America , a partner of USA TODAY High School Sports, will be tracking where NFL Draft picks played their high school football.

Through three rounds, California and Georgia each had 11 former high school players drafted. Ohio had 10. Florida and Texas had nine. Louisiana had five players drafted in Round 3 for a total of eight.

Where NFL Draft picks went to high school, Rounds 2 and 3

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (Photo: Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports)

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Draft position, Team — Player, Pos. — College — High School

No. 33 Green Bay – Kevin King, CB – Washington – Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.)

No. 34 Jacksonville – Cam Robinson, OT – Alabama – West Monroe (La.)

No. 35 Seattle – Malik McDowell, DT – Michigan State – Southfield (Mich.)

No. 36 Arizona – Budda Baker, S – Washington – Bellevue (Wash.)

No. 37 Buffalo – Zay Jones, WR – East Carolina – Stephen F. Austin (Texas)

No. 38 LA Chargers – Forrest Lamp OG – Western Kentucky – Venice (Fla.)

No. 39 NY Jets – Marcus Maye, S – Florida – Holy Trinity (Fla.)

No. 40 Carolina – Curtis Samuel, WR – Ohio State – Erasmus Hall (New York)

No. 41 Minnesota – Dalvin Cook, RB – Florida State – Miami Central (Fla.)

No. 42 New Orleans – Marcus Williams, S – Utah – Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.)

No. 43 Philadelphia – Sidney Jones, CB – Washington – West Covina (Calif.)

No. 44 LA Rams – Gerald Everett, TE – South Alabama – Columbia (Ga.)

No. 45 Chicago – Adam Shaheen, TE – Ashland University – Big Walnut (Ohio)

No. 46 Indianapolis – Quincy Wilson, CB – Florida – University (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)

No. 47 Baltimore – Tyus Bowser, LB – Houston – Tyler (Texas)

No. 48 Cincinnati – Joe Mixon, RB – Oklahoma – Freedom (Calif.)

No. 49 Washington – Ryan Anderson, LB – Alabama – Daphne (Ala.)

No. 50 Tampa Bay – Justin Evans, S – Texas A&M – Stone (Miss.)

No. 51 Denver – DeMarcus Walker, DE – Florida State – Sandalwood (Fla.)

No. 52 Cleveland – DeShone Kizer, QB – Notre Dame – Toledo Central Catholic (Ohio)

No. 53 Detroit – Teez Tabor, CB – Florida – Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.)

No. 54 Miami – Raekwon McMillan, LB – Ohio State – Liberty County (Ga.)

No. 55 NY Giants – Dalvin Tomlinson, DT – Alabama – Henry County (Ga.)

No. 56 Oakland – Obi Melifonwu, S – Connecticut – Grafton (Mass.)

No. 57 Houston – Zach Cunningham, LB – Vanderbilt – Pinson Valley (Ala.)

No. 58 Seattle – Eric Pocic, C – LSU – Lemont (Ill.)

No. 59 Kansas City – Tanoh Kpassagnon – Villanova (Wissahickon, Pa.)

No. 60 Dallas – Chidobe Awuzie, CB – Colorado – Oak Grove (Calif.)

No. 61 Green Bay – Josh Jones, S – NC State – Walled Lake Western (Mich.)

No. 62 Pittsburgh – JuJu Smith Schuster, WR – USC


Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

Jacob Wirtschafter and Mina Nader, Special for USA TODAY 6:43 a.m. ET April 29, 2017

Pope Francis Egypt Cairo Mass

Pope Francis waves to worshippers before the start of a mass in Cairo. (Photo: Andreas Solaro, AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO — Pope Francis led a mass for thousands of Egyptians on Saturday, telling followers that the only acceptable kind of fanaticism is that of "charity."

"Any other type of fanaticism does not come from God, and is not pleasing to him,” Francis told tens of thousands of Catholics and Copts at a suburban  Cairo stadium. "True faith is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane — it moves our hearts to love everyone without counting the cost, without distinction and without preference … it makes us see the other not as an enemy to be overcome but a brother or sister to be loved, served and helped.”

The pope's message of unity is one of the main themes of a two-day visit to Egypt to promote tolerance, peace and dialogue with Muslims in the Arab's world's largest country. The visit also comes after Coptic Christian churches were bombed on Palm Sunday , killing at least 44 people and injuring scores more.

Many in that community were joyful to welcome the pope as he entered the stadium to a show of yellow and white balloons, and a chorus singing "Gloria" as Francis waved to the crowds.

“Francis is telling us that we are his sons,” said Jozef Mata, 23, an Egyptian social worker who is one of the 250,000 Catholics in the country. “He will take care of us whatever the cost.”

Mata took a four-hour bus ride from his home in Assiut in central Egypt and slept on the floor of the De La Salle High School in Cairo the night before Francis' morning mass in the city’s Air Defense Stadium.

The mass comes on the last day of Francis' visit to the African nation. On Thursday, he became the first pope to visit Al-Azhar University, a center of Sunni Islamic scholarship that dates back to the 10th century. He also met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and visited a Coptic church bombed by Islamic State in December.

Around 25,000 Catholics and others were slated to attend the mass. Coptic, Greek Orthodox and other Christian leaders were also expected, said Father Rafik Greish, the head of the Information Office of the Egyptian Catholic Church.

“They will have seats of honor and be wearing their turbans and robes but will not be taking part in the Eucharist,” he said.

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Meanwhile, pharmacy clerk Mohammed Ahmed, 40, welcomed the pontiff’s visit as an acknowledgment that most Egyptians don’t sympathize with the Islamic State and other jihadists.

"The pope's visit is a blessing for all Egyptians,” Ahmed said. “He will improve and increase the view of Egypt abroad and is a sending message that Egypt is safe."

"We feel bad that these church bombings are happening,” he added. “But this is the result of people like the


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