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White House Calls Cuts to Elderly, Arts “Compassionate”

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney defended the Trump administration’s new budget plan yesterday, calling the proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting “as compassionate as you can get.” “When you start looking at places that we reduce spending, one of the questions we asked was can we really continue … Continued


So What Exactly Does $400 Million Buy the Chinese?

A New York real estate company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is negotiating a $400 million stake in its Fifth Avenue flagship skyscraper to a Chinese company with ties to that country’s ruling party. The Chinese company, Anbang Insurance Group, plans to spend billions more to transform the … Continued


Sean Spicer Actually Used Air Quotes To Defend Trump’s Tweets

At a press briefing yesterday, Sean Spicer continued the Trump administration’s refusal to believe that words have specific meanings. When answering questions about the president’s claim that former president Barack Obama wiretapped Trump during the campaign, Spicer argued that “wiretapping” in air quotes is not the same thing as wiretapping. Terrible! Just found out that … Continued


McCain Throws Down with Deadline for Trump to Put Up or Shut Up

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for President Donald Trump to substantiate his claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. “I think the president has one of two choices, either retract or to provide the information that the American people deserve,” the veteran senator said during an appearance yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I … Continued


Four GOP Senators Just Broke Ranks, Spelling Trouble for Repeal Bill

The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act hit a new, unexpected roadblock yesterday. The release of the bills drafted in two different House committees finally provided a few details for the plan Republicans will offer to replace the healthcare program started under the Obama administration. Shortly afterward, Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO), … Continued


To “Deter Movement” at Border, Homeland Security Wants to Leverage the Kids

The Department of Homeland Security is considering separating children from their parents at the border, DHS Secretary John Kelly said Monday. The move is part of a broader effort to deter the exploitation of children and to discourage families from making the trek from Mexico across the U.S. border. Currently, families contesting deportation or applying for asylum are generally … Continued


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