The Trumpster Fire (3-10-17)

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  2. NEWS: Republicans want to pass Republicare using a tactic called budget reconciliation. To do this, the entire bill would have to do with budget-related stuff, which it doesn't. So conservative lawmakers are advocating to push the envelope and overrun Senate rules to do it anyway. (Politico)
  3. NEWS: Trump and the House GOP met today to stroke each other's egos over Republicare, and the the House promptly got into another bickerfest over the bill. Some GOPpers want the deadline for the end of Medicaid moved up to 2018, and some other GOPpers are saying no. (Washington Post)
  4. NEWS: So Trump says he's putting a trillion dollars into American infrastructure. It's actually going to be more like $4.6 trillion over the next eight years, according to a recent report. Which is like, well, we need the infrastructure, but how on Earth are they gonna find that money? I mean, we already know: taxing the bejesus out of the working poor and dwindling middle class, along with ridiculous deficit spending. That's how Republicans always pay for this stuff. (Washington Post)
  5. NEWS: The Office of Government Ethics has informed Trump that ethics laws actually do apply to him and his administration. He previously said they didn't. (NPR)
  6. NEWS: Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York have either already joined or will likely be joining Hawaii in suing to stop Trump's new Muslim ban. (Politico)
  7. NEWS: When asked if Trump was being investigated, the Department of Justice responded, "No comment." (New York Times)
  8. NEWS: "Federal investigators and computer scientists continue to examine whether there was a computer server connection between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, sources close to the investigation tell CNN." (CNN)
  9. NEWS: "In an October speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, denied meeting with Donald Trump or campaign officials during the course of 2016 presidential election, but acknowledged that he met with members of Congress and others who approached him at events." (CNN)
  10. NEWS: "The American Civil Liberties Union has filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his testimony to a Senate committee that he had no communications with the Russian government." (Washington Post)
  11. NEWS: "Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was fired in February after lying about his contacts with the Russian government, has formally registered with the Justice Department as a 'foreign agent' and admitted that he had lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government as recently as November 2016." (Vox)
  12. NEWS: "Lawyers for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn told President Donald Trump's transition team that Flynn might need to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent, according to a White House official and a person with direct knowledge of the discussions." (AP, via TPM)
  13. NEWS: The February jobs report is out and things are looking good. Pay is good, and we've added like 230,000 jobs. (TPM) Expect the Federal reserve to hike interest rates due to that. (AP, Reuters) The White House is taking credit for and crowing about the numbers (NPR), but given that these numbers are the same as January's, and so part of a trend of steady job growth from pre-Trump years, Trump probably doesn't get credit for them. (FiveThirtyEight)
  14. NEWS: "The White House is expected as early as Friday to nominate Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a physician and conservative health policy expert, to lead the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, sources familiar with the matter said." (Reuters)
  15. NEWS: "U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Friday that he hopes to launch formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico in a little over three months." (Reuters)
  16. NEWS: "U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for a visit to the White House, an Abbas spokesman said." (Reuters) Mahmoud Abbas has been chairman of the PLO for almost 20 years and president of Palestine for 15 years. Apparently Hammas doesn't like him or think his presidency is valid, and he had a lot of drama with Yasser Arafat back in the day. Also, he was elected, but then extended his presidency, which seems to have irritated a lot of people. The international community doesn't seem to think much of him, either. (Wikipedia)
  17. NEWS: "House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted Friday that the Congressional Budget Office will likely estimate that millions of people would lose health insurance under the GOP's proposed health care bill." (TPM)
  18. NEWS: "Attorney General Jeff Sessions is seeking the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed during the prior presidential administration, the Justice Department said Friday. Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by former President Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the nearly four dozen who stayed on in the first weeks of the Trump administration have been asked to leave 'in order to ensure a uniform transition,' Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said." (AP)
  19. NEWS: Roger Stone, Trump's former campaign adviser and general crazy/shady person, admitted today that he'd been having private conversations with one of the hackers who leaked DNC information during the election. He was talking to Guccifer 2.0. Stone claims it was all innocent, but he warned about the Podesta email dump before it happened. (The Hill)
  20. NEWS: "Thousands of Native American demonstrators and their supporters marched to the White House on Friday to voice outrage at President Donald Trump's support for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, which they say threaten tribal lands." (Reuters, Also: Mother Jones)
  21. NEWS: Since Trump's nomination at the RNC last summer people have been nailing his properties on Yelp, Google reviews, etc, with one-star reviews. Since the inauguration, the number of bad reviews on Trump properties have gotten even larger. (NPR)
  22. EXPLAINER: Vox digs into Scott Gottlieb, the guy Trump wants to head the FDA. Read it here.
  23. ANALYSIS: "The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release estimates next week for how many people the new GOP health plan will cover — and top Republicans are divided over what to expect." (Vox)
  24. NEWS: "A U.S. federal court on Friday refused to put an emergency halt to Republican President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers." (Reuters)
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