uggs uk cheap Trump budget sees big cuts
The proposed fiscal 2018 budget titled, ‘A New Foundation for American Greatness,’ would boost military spending by 10 percent. The proposal is expected to set off an extended debate in which Democrats already are accusing the administration of trying to balance the budget on the backs of low income Americans. Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the proposal moves through Congress. The blueprint projects that this year’s deficit will rise to $603 billion, up from the actual deficit of $585 billion last year. But the document says if Trump’s initiatives are adopted the deficit would start declining and actually reach a small surplus of $16 billion in 2027.”
Budget forecast based on even rosier than usual projections FiveThirtyEight: “History may prove Mulvaney right. It’s possible that new innovations artificial intelligence, perhaps, or self driving cars will act as an economic booster rocket, much as the industrial revolution did two centuries ago. It’s even possible that Trump’s policies will help unlock that potential. But economic projections are meant to be forecasts, not wishes. And based on the evidence we have now, there’s little reason to think the projections at the heart of Trump’s budget are grounded in reality.”
But it’s probably not going anywhere The Hill: “Sen. John Cornyn (R Texas) warned on Monday that President Trump’s budget may be a non starter on Capitol Hill, noting lawmakers routinely craft their own legislation. Cornyn made the comment after he was asked whether a proposed cut to Medicaid in Trump’s budget was too steep. Pressed if the”dead on arrival” status also applied to Trump’s forthcoming budget, expected to be released on Tuesday, he added, “I think it may find a similar fate, but obviously it’s an expression of his priorities, which is important in terms of the conversation between the branches.”
TIME OUT: HAMMER DOWN
Reporter Trip Gabriel and photographer George Etheredge spent a couple of days at an Illinois truck stop getting to know some of the men and women who drive America’s big rigs. It’s a timely look at those who epitomize the concept of “forgotten Americans.” NYT: “There are 1.7 million men and women working as long haul drivers in the country. Yet truckers high up in their cabs are literally out of view for most Americans. At a moment when President Trump has ignited a discussion of blue collar labor and even climbed into a truck during a White House event, trucking, which was once among the best paying such jobs, has become low wage grinding, unhealthy work. Turnover at large for hire fleets hauling freight by the truckload the backbone of the industry runs an astonishing 80 percent a year, according to a trade group. presidential elections but that the warning was not heeded. ‘It was clear to everyone Russia brazenly interfered and under explicit warning to not do so,’ Brennan told members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about Russia’s influence during the campaign. Brennan also said he had seen intelligence that links Russian players to people involved in President Trump’s 2016 campaign though he did not identify them. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals,’ Brennan testified. ‘It raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals.’ However, Brennan added that he doesn’t know whether ‘collusion’ existed.”
Trump asked intel officials to push back against FBI collusion probe WaPo: “President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials. Trump made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president.”
Administration won’t try to block Mueller WaPo: “Justice Department ethics experts have concluded that newly appointed special counsel Robert S. In an email, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said ethics officials had reviewed the case and ‘determined that Mr. Mueller’s participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate.'”
Trump looking to build legal dream team on Russia probe WaPo: “President Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election, and in recent days he and his advisers have privately courted several prominent attorneys to join the effort. That search process, in which Trump has been personally involved, is expected to yield a formal legal unit in the coming days, made up of lawyers from several firms who would work together to guide Trump as he responds both to the ongoing federal probe and the congressional investigations, the people said.”
Trump eyeing Lewandowski, Bossie as crisis managers Politico: “The White House is looking to wall off the scandals threatening to overtake the president’s agenda by building a separate crisis management operation. President Donald Trump personally reached out to two of his former campaign aides his first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and his deputy campaign manager, David Bossie to sound them out about working with the administration as crisis managers, according to two people familiar with the situation. POLITICO previously reported that both men were spotted in the West Wing last week, before Trump departed on his overseas trip. this weekend.”
Burr says Flynn could be held in contempt Politico: “Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr is not ruling out holding Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress as President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser continues to stonewall lawmakers. Flynn’s lawyer informed the Intelligence panel Monday that Flynn would not honor a subpoena for a list of his interactions with Russian officials in the run up to last year’s presidential election. And Burr said his committee has ‘plenty’ of options to respond.”
SESSIONS NARROWS TRUMP’S ORDER ON SANCTUARY CITIES
NYT: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday clarified President Trump’s executive order on so called sanctuary cities, narrowly defining such jurisdictions and the money they could expect to receive from the federal government in a way that appeared to fall far short of Mr. Trump’s previous threats to starve all federal funding from localities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. Later on Monday, the Justice Department asked a federal court in California to reconsider a ruling that blocked the order last month. In a two page memorandum, Mr. Sessions announced that the Trump administration would withhold certain types of federal aid from jurisdictions that ‘willfully refuse to comply’ with a single federal immigration law. Only federal grants from the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security would be affected, Mr. CONCERT BOMBING
Fox News: “President Trump called Tuesday for ‘all civilized nations’ to unite against terrorism and ‘obliterate this evil ideology,’ citing the deadly Manchester attack to underscore the central message of his foreign trip as he concluded a visit to the Holy Land. ‘All civilized nations must be united in this effort. This trip is focused on that goal,’ Trump said at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, after meeting earlier with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. The president held a phone call Tuesday morning with British Prime Minister Theresa May to discuss the “wanton and depraved” attack, according to the White House, and will take his message later this week to meetings with NATO and G7 leaders. During earlier remarks in Bethlehem, Trump offered his condolences to the victims, calling such attackers the ‘evil losers in life.'”
AUDIBLE: WHO LOVES YA, BABY?
“I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.” Sen. Al Franken D MN, in an interview with USA Today.
FROM THE BLEACHERS
“Ah, O great sageall wallowing aside, how can you have a political newsletter without considering how unbalanced (in every sense of the word) news coverage bordering on propaganda drives politics? Media, Trump or Trump, media. It functions like a hyperactive hamster on his wheel.” Rebecca L. Baisch, Idaho Falls, Idaho
“I appreciated your inclusion of the Atlantic’s nostalgic look at life before ‘casual attire.’ Preceded by JFK’s aversion to hats (which decimated said industry), casual day, then casual attire all week, was the harbinger of what’s happening to our discourse today. Twitter and texting have led to the transliteration (I use that word, ironically, loosely) of the American language so that everything is either an acronym or stylized. Which brings me back to the Atlantic’s look at workplace style. Indeed, linguistically we’ve regrettably also long lost the use of the familiar vs. formal differentiation of pronouns and verbs that still exists in many languages. That said, I’m thankful for every day I don’t have to wear a tie anymore!” Jeff Smith, Statesboro, Ga.
[Ed. note: I add my voice to your lamentation, Mr. Smith. If you watch television, you may have observed I do wear a tie to work every day. I wear hard soled shoes and I try to remember to do as my father taught me, and carry a handkerchief in my back pocket. Due to security concerns in Washington, I had to give up carrying a pocket knife, which leaves me cursing every time I’m presented with a box or a package to open. I am unusual in that my father, a veteran of Korea, was a generation older than my peers’ dads. I met my brother for the rare treat of a dinner together some weeks ago and thought how funny it was that here we were in dark suits, white shirts, muted neck ties and with well shined shoes. Needless to say, our uniform looked a little anachronistic even in a restaurant in Washington, where proper business attire is still a thing. This note has often examined the value of hypocrisy as a sign of respect for other people and civilization at large. Dressing properly for occasions is part of that. When I dress to appear on television, it is out of respect for you the viewer and the privilege I have in my work that I wear a suit and tie. I want you to know that this work, and by extension you, matter to me. Letting it all hang out at work may be more honest in the sense that it’s a closer representation of the slovenly messes we would all like to be, but it fails to show proper respect and care for our fellows and for the work we are doing.]