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First 100 days: Trump vs. ‘the dishonest’...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 10:36:39 PM
Ari Melber's media mega-panel offers unique insight into the most contentious relationship between an administration and the media since Richard Nixon.

First 100 days: Promises kept, promises...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 10:24:08 PM
President Trump has not followed through on many of the vast pledges and promises he made just since taking office nearly 100 days ago. Ari Melber gets to The Point.

First 100 days: Promises kept, promises...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 10:00:36 PM
President Trump has not followed through on many of the vast pledges and promises he made just since taking office nearly 100 days ago. Ari Melber gets to The Point.

Grading President Trump as 100-day mark nears

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 09:19:14 PM
Donald Trump is on track to be the least popular president in history at the end of his first hundred days. Liberal Joan Walsh and conservative Charlie Kirk grade the President's job performance.

Marine Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron To Face Off...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 07:29:53 PM
The far-right candidate Marine Le Pen of the National Front will face off against the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron in the May 7 French presidential election. NBC's Matt Bradley reports.

A campaign "shattered," glass ceiling left...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 05:50:28 PM
Reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes discuss their new book,

Out of the water, Michael Phelps is still...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 05:43:18 PM
Michael Phelps, the world's most decorated Olympian, discusses his new campaign to preserve one of Earth's scarcest resources: clean drinking water.

100 Days: An arbitrary milestone, a...

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 05:08:08 PM
Business Insider senior editor Josh Barro and reporter for RealClearPolitics Caitlin Huey-Burns remark on President Trump's shifting relationship with the specter of

A tenet of liberalism thrust into crisis

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 04:51:26 PM
Republican strategist Susan Del Percio challenges former Vermont governor Howard Dean over his tweet that Ann Coulter, rhetorical bomb-thrower, is constitutionally barred from uttering hate speech.

Why won't China rein in North Korea?

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 04:30:31 PM
Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson breaks down the reasons for China's obstruction of longstanding efforts to stifle the North Korean regime.


Trump Hostage Drama Already Ending?

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 10:30:19 PM
Is the President already pre-failing his “border wall or the your annual physical gets it” hostage drama shakedown? As I noted on Friday, the President is or was setting up a government shutdown drama in which he threatens to deprive people of coverage from the Obamacare exchanges if Democrats don’t agree to fund his border wall. As explained here, this is not only an egregious bit of legislative hostage taking and mafia-like shakedown, it also shows a pretty poor grasp of the politics of the moment. Now it seems that the White House may be trying to moonwalk away from the threat. This from Jonathan Swan’s Axios newsletter … Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” asked Priebus whether the administration would veto a government funding bill if there’s not money in it to fund Trump’s border wall. Priebus’ response here was telling: “It will be enough in the negotiation for us to move forward with either the construction or the planning, or enough for us to move forward through the end of September to get going on the border wall and border security in regard to border patrol…” Between the lines: By refusing to demand funding for the bricks-and-mortar “wall,” Reince tipped his hand. Trump can’t stomach a shutdown on his watch, so he’ll likely take a “win” on some form of funding for border security, even if it’s not specifically for building the wall. The issue here or rather the driver is, I suspect, less the Democrats than Republicans who won’t go along with it either.

Trump Claims Poll Numbers Are 'Very Good,' Despite Historically Low Approval

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 08:19:34 PM
President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed that his approval numbers are “very good,” though a poll released the same day shows that Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president approaching their 100-day mark in office since 1945. “New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative,” Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon. New polls out today are very good considering that much of the media is FAKE and almost always negative. Would still beat Hillary in ….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 …popular vote. ABC News/Washington Post Poll (wrong big on election) said almost all stand by their vote on me & 53% said strong leader. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 Trump cited an ABC News-Washington Post poll released on Sunday as proof of his standing. That poll found that 96 percent of respondents who voted for Trump in November said it was the right thing to do, while only 2 percent of Trump voters regretted their decision. According to ABC’s writeup, however, Trump also has “the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in polls since 1945.” Just 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as he approaches his 100th day in office, according to the national survey, while 53 percent disapprove. The ABC-Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone from April 17–20 among a national sample of 1,004 adults. Respondents were interviewed in both English and Spanish, and the margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Thoughts On the 1st Round French Presidential Election

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 08:31:40 PM
We now have a result in the French presidential election which until a week or so ago looked to be the expected, most probable outcome. The independent Emmanuel Macron (technically the candidate of the made-for-purpose Forward party) will face National Front candidate Marine Le Pen in a run-off on May 7th. It seems very likely that Macron will be the eventual winner, though nothing these days can be treated as certain. The defeated candidates of the two dominant mainstream parties, the Socialists (Hamon) and the Gaullist Republicans (Fillon), have both already said they will vote for Macron since Le Pen stands outside the bounds of acceptable national leaders. I am no expert on French domestic politics and make no pretense of being one. But I am a close and concerned observer of the rightist-populist trend which has been roiling Europe and North America. So I have some thoughts on that dimension of the story. Part of Marine Le Pen’s ‘brand’ is her attempt to sand some of the rough edges off the party her father Jean-Marie Le Pen led from 1972 until 2011. Still, the National Front is a hyper-nationalist, rightist, anti-Semitic political party. (In the spirit of the Dem/Labour early 90s rebrands which brought us New Democrats and New Labour, Marine’s might be termed ‘New Fascists’.) While Marine Le Pen has pushed her fondness for animals, dialed down the anti-Semitism (dialed down from open Holocaust jokes level stuff) and tried to counter-program the latter with a stronger focus on Muslim-bashing, this is still what the National Front is. Remember too that President Trump has openly supported her quest for the presidency. Every election turns on its own domestic national political dynamics. But they are inevitably seen as and in fact are parts of larger trends affecting associated states. Such a trend has been unfolding over the last few years. We have a rising tide of far rightist-revisionist parties and political movements across Europe. Then we had Brexit, which while distinct in its politics was clearly part of this populist, rightist and certainly anti-EU trend. Then you had Donald Trump become President in the dominant state in the global liberal internationalist order. What comes next? Rightist xenophobes came up short in the Netherlands a few weeks ago. Now it seems likely that the next President of France will be a post-party, center-left technocrat (he was a minister in Hollande’s government) among whose dominant campaign themes were anti-extremism and keeping France in Europe. In other words, he is not just not Trump/Brexit/European rightist wave, he is a candidate running a campaign explicitly opposed to the larger movement of which they are all constituent parts. There are other ways to see this result. One is that neither of the two establishment parties even made it into the run-off – you can scarcely get more ‘anti-establishment’ than that. Another is that two of the four most vote getting candidates were, from diametrically opposed sides of the political spectrum, anti-EU. Still, at the end of the day, the next President of France looks likely to be not only someone who is the antithesis of the rightist-populist wave in Europe but ran precisely as the antithesis of that movement.

Trump: Actually The 100-Day Mark Of My Presidency Is ‘Not Very Meaningful’

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 07:17:39 PM
President Donald Trump appeared to downplay expectations for the 100th day of his presidency in an interview with the Associated Press published on Sunday. “It’s an artificial barrier. It’s not very meaningful,” Trump told the Associated Press. In the interview, Trump also appeared to suggest that the “100-day action plan” he unveiled in the last days before the election was not actually his idea. “Somebody put out the concept of a 100-day plan,” he told the Associated Press. Trump will likely reach the 100-day mark of his own presidency without a single notable piece of legislation under his belt.  

Sessions On Backlash To Hawaii Remark: 'Nobody Has A Sense Of Humor Anymore'

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 06:46:23 PM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday on Sunday brushed off backlash to his comments referring “an island in the Pacific” — known to most as Hawaii — by complaining that “nobody has a sense of humor anymore.” “Why not just call it the state of Hawaii?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Sessions on “This Week.” “Nobody has a sense of humor anymore,” Sessions said. Sessions said he thought a federal judge from Hawaii made “a mistake” by blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order barring immigrants from a handful of majority-Muslim countries. “This order is lawful. It’s within his authority constitutionally and explicit statutory authority,” Sessions said. “And so you do have a situation in which one judge out of 700 in America has stopped this order.” In March, U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked a revised version of the order hours before it was set to go into effect. Sessions on Wednesday said he was “amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States.” The state’s Democratic senators quickly hit back. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) on Thursday called Session’s remarks “ignorant & dangerous” and noted that Hawaii “has been the 50th state for going on 58 years.” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) urged Sessions to “have some respect.” Hawaii state Attorney General Doug Chin on Thursday called Sessions’ remarks “disappointing” and said Sessions appeared “to dismiss a federal judge in Hawaii as just a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific.” In a statement released Thursday, the Justice Department said that “Hawaii is, in fact, an island in the Pacific.” On Friday, Sessions defended his remarks as “perfectly correct.” “I wasn’t diminishing the judge or the island of Hawaii, that beautiful place,” he said. “Give me a break.”

CNN Anchor Aliysn Camerota: 'Yes, Roger Ailes Did Sexually Harass Me'

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 05:33:21 PM
CNN host and former Fox News reporter Alisyn Camerota on Sunday said that former Fox chairman Roger Ailes sexually harassed her when she worked for the network. “Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me,” Camerota said in an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” She said Ailes “was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say.” “I think that many of us experienced that,” she said. “He would talk about body parts. He would say ‘Give me a spin.’ He would want to be greeted with a hug.” Camerota said that when she began working at Fox News, she met with Ailes in his office. “I was saying that I wanted more opportunity,” she said. “He said ‘Well, I would have to work with you. I would have to work with you on that case. I would have to work with you really closely, and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here, and it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I’m saying?'” Camerota said she replied to Ailes: “Yeah, I think I do know what you’re saying.” “I knew, in my head at that moment, I’m never going to that hotel under any circumstances,” she said. After that exchange, Camerota said, Ailes “targeted” her and said she “wasn’t reflecting the conservative agenda.” She called it “emotional harassment.” “He and I had a lot of interaction, and sometimes arguments. Sometimes he would lecture me. Sometimes he would insult me,” she said. “Towards the end, I started refusing to go to Roger’s office.” Ailes left Fox News in July 2016 amid a corporate probe into several sexual harassment claims against him. In January, the network’s parent company 21st Century Fox announced it had agreed to pay $20 million to former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes. Camerota said that former Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s ouster last week amid sexual harassment allegations against him was one of the reasons she decided to come forward. “If I take the Murdochs at their word, they really want to know what was wrong there and what the culture was like,” she said. “I don’t know how you get that from silence, so it feels like this might be the right time to just have this conversation and let some daylight in.”

GOP Rep. Won't Say Whether He Wants Trump To Campaign For Him In 2018

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 04:56:16 PM
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday dodged questions about whether he wants President Donald Trump to campaign for his re-election in 2018. “You’re in a tough seat,” Dana Bash asked Issa on “State of the Union,” per CNN’s transcript. “Would you want President Trump to come to your district and campaign for you?” “I was with Secretary Kelly,” Issa replied, referring to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “But the President?” Bash pressed. “I was with Secretary Kelly, who is one of his greater appointments,” Issa said. “And I was happy to have him.”

Trump: Mexico Will Pay 'At A Later Date' And 'In Some Form' For My Border Wall

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 04:38:48 PM
President Donald Trump on Sunday took a vague tack to explaining how exactly he plans to get Mexico to pay for his proposed wall along the United States’ southern border. On the campaign trail, Trump often pledged to crowds at his rallies that he would “build a great great wall” and “have Mexico pay for that wall.” On Sunday, however, Trump tweeted that Mexico would pay “eventually,” “at a later date” and “in some form” for his proposed wall. He did not specify a specific date or schedule for that payment, and did not say what kind of remuneration it would entail. Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2017 In March, the White House requested more than $1 billion from Congress to begin construction. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday nevertheless insisted that Trump will get the wall “paid for one way or the other.” “There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this,” Sessions said. “There’s no doubt about that.”

Lawmakers Agree: Trump, GOP Would Be At Fault For Shutdown Over Wall Funding

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 05:00:10 PM
Members of Congress on Sunday agreed: It would be irresponsible of President Donald Trump and Republicans to precipitate a government shutdown by refusing to back down on demands for funding for Trump’s proposed border wall. Top White House aides signaled uncertainty on Sunday as to whether Trump would sign a must-pass spending bill that did not include funding for his proposed border wall. If Congress does not pass the bill, the federal government will shut down at midnight on April 28 as the calendar flips to Trump’s 100th day in office. “I would suspect he’ll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Saturday. “I’m pretty confident we’re going to get something that’s satisfactory to the President,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday was more equivocal. “We don’t know yet,” he said. “The Democrats do not support the wall, and I think that the Republicans on the border states do not support the wall,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” She called Trump’s proposed wall “immoral, expensive, unwise.” “When the President says, ‘Well, I promised a wall during my campaign,’ I don’t think he said he was going to pass billions of dollars of cost of the wall onto the taxpayer,” Pelosi said. She said Republicans are responsible for coming up with a spending bill that can pass Congress and avert a government shutdown. “The Republicans have the votes in the House and the Senate and the White House to keep government open,” Pelosi said. “The burden to keep it open is on the Republicans.” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) on CNN’s “State of the Union” called Trump’s push to include funding for the proposed wall in the spending bill a “political stunt, an obsession for the President that should not shut down the government.” “We told the President and the Republicans weeks ago, don’t try any political stunts, don’t put any poison pills into this process,” he said on Sunday. “Let’s just do our responsible, important work of funding this government.” Durbin said it “would be the height of irresponsibility” for Trump to “consider shutting down the government of the United States of America over this outlandish proposal.” “I hope the President will back off,” Durbin said. “He would not want that to define his first 100 days.” On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on “State of the Union” said Sunday it would not be worth shutting the government down over funding for Trump’s budget wall. “I think there are still questions about, wait a minute, this is a guy that said the Mexicans were going to pay for it,” Sanford said. “Do you think that wall is worth shutting the government down over?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked. “No,” Sanford said. “And I don’t think there will be a government shutdown.”

Sessions Insists Trump Will Get Border Wall Funded 'One Way Or The Other'

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 03:12:29 PM
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday said that “one way or the other” President Donald Trump will get funding for his proposed border wall. “There are a lot of ways we can find money to help pay for this,” Sessions said on ABC’s “This Week.” He said “there are other things” Trump could implement at the border to “create revenue that would pay for the wall.” “There’s no doubt about that,” Sessions said. “We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other.” Asked if Trump would sign off on a spending bill that didn’t include funding for the wall, Sessions said: “He’ll make those decisions.” “I’m not engaged in the budget negotiations,” he said. “I believe Congress will eventually deliver.” Asked by @GStephanopoulos if he has evidence Mexico will pay for wall, Sessions says, “We’re going to get it paid for one way or the other.” pic.twitter.com/CPuBDQMwV4 — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 23, 2017

WH Budget Chief: We're Just 'Asking For Our Priorities' In Must-Pass Spending Bill

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 02:54:18 PM
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney on Sunday said the White House is just “asking for our priorities” in a spending bill which Congress must pass to prevent a government shutdown on President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are asking for our priorities and, importantly, we are offering to give Democrats some of their priorities as well,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.” Mulvaney cited an offer he made to Democratic lawmakers last week for “$1 of CSR payments for $1 of wall payments,” referring to cost-sharing reduction payments, which are Obamacare subsidies to insurers. “We think we have given them a reasonable set of choices that they want in exchange for what we want,” he said. “The negotiations are not finished yet.” Mulvaney said a government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a spending bill is “not a desired end.” “I don’t think anybody is trying to get to a shutdown,” he said. “I don’t think anybody foresees or expects or wants a shutdown at the end of next week.” Asked whether Trump would sign a spending bill that didn’t include funding for his proposed border wall, however, Mulvaney said: “We don’t know yet.”

Freedom Caucus Member: Trump Primary Threats To GOP Are 'Counterproductive'

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 02:19:57 PM
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump’s threats to support primary challengers against members of Congress who don’t vote for his legislative agenda are “counterproductive.” “He sent as his emissary Mick Mulvaney, who I’ve known for a long time,” Sanford said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. “He said, ‘The President hopes you vote against this, because he wants to run somebody against you if you do,'” Sanford said. He said Trump has “made those kinds of threats to any number of different members within the conference.” “You know, it all I guess fits in love, war and politics,” Sanford said. “But I don’t think it’s particularly productive to his own legislative agenda, and we’ll see what comes.” “I don’t work for him,” he added, referring to Trump. “I work for about 750,000 people in the first congressional district.” Rep. @MarkSandford says President Trump has made threats to him and others and it's not "particularly productive" https://t.co/IWpPjOK0Zq — CNN (@CNN) April 23, 2017

Priebus Claims Trump Fulfilling Pledges At 'Breakneck Speed' As 100th Day Nears

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 01:50:55 PM
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus insisted on Sunday that President Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises at “breakneck speed,” though Trump will likely reach his 100th day in office with no notable pieces of legislation to his name. Speaking on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Priebus also claimed that “historical unbelievable obstruction” from Democratic senators is to blame for the hundreds of jobs throughout the federal government which Trump’s administration has not yet filled. In fact, the White House has nominated only 24 people — 22 of whom have been confirmed — of 553 key appointments that require Senate confirmation, according to a Politico report published earlier in April. Asked if the government will stay open, avoiding a funding shutdown, Priebus said: “I believe it will.” He said that the federal budget will be enough “to move forward through the end of September to get going on the border wall.” A spending fight appears to be looming in Washington, D.C. as members of Trump’s administration suggest the President will insist on including funding for his proposed border wall with Mexico in a spending bill which Congress must pass to avoid shutting down the government. On Friday, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney floated a deal with Democratic lawmakers. Mulvaney said the administration would “offer them $1 of CSR payments for $1 of wall payments,” referring to the Obamacare subsidies to insurers known as cost-sharing reduction payments. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) responded the same day, calling the proposal “a complete non-starter.” Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday nevertheless predicted that Trump “will be insistent on the funding” for his wall. “I’m pretty confident we’re going to get something that’s satisfactory to the President,” Priebus said on Sunday. “I think we’ll be okay with that.”

DHS Chief: Trump 'Will Be Insistent' On Funding For Border Wall In Spending Bill

Sunday April 23rd, 2017 01:25:56 PM
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Saturday predicted that President Donald Trump “will be insistent” on including funding for his proposed border wall in a spending bill that Congress must pass to avoid a government shutdown. “Will the President go to the mat and insist on funding his border wall as part of the stopgap government funding measure?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked Kelly. “I think it goes without saying that the President has been pretty straightforward about his desire and the need for a border wall,” Kelly said. “So I would suspect he’ll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding.” .@DHSgov Sec. Kelly to @DanaBashCNN on if @realDonaldTrump would shut down govt over wall funding: "he will be insistent on the funding." pic.twitter.com/vqZ8V9F8T9 — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 22, 2017 Trump on Friday told the Associated Press that efforts to avoid a shutdown were “going very well.” “I think we’ll be in great shape on that,” he said.

Report: Ryan Urges Members To Focus On Spending Bill, Put Health Care On Hold

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 09:44:38 PM
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Saturday urged Republican members of Congress to focus on keeping the government from shutting down, and offered few specifics about a new health care bill, according to a report by the Washington Post. Speaking to members of the Republican Party on a call Saturday, Ryan urged lawmakers to prioritize the passage of a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed Republican aides who were on the call. Ryan told members that the House will vote on revised health care legislation when Republicans are sure they will be able to corral enough votes to pass it, the same aides told the Washington Post, though Ryan offered no timetable or plan for sharing that proposal. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he wanted Congress to vote on “both” a spending bill and revised health care legislation by the end of next week. “I think we want to keep the government open, don’t you agree?” Trump said. “I think we’ll get both.” On Friday, however, Trump walked that timetable back, saying there was “no particular rush.” “It’ll happen. You’ll see what happens,” he said. “Doesn’t matter if it’s next week. Next week, doesn’t matter.”

Chaffetz, Cummings Ask Trump Org. For More Details On Plan To Donate Profits

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 07:25:10 PM
The chair and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee on Friday asked the Trump Organization to explain its plans to donate profits from payments made by officials of foreign governments. In a joint letter to Trump’s attorneys, Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) asked for “additional details of the plan to donate profits derived from foreign government payments.” Chaffetz in January seemed unconcerned with the possibility that Trump might run afoul of the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, under which “no person holding any office of profit or trust” may “accept of any present, emolument, office, or title” from a foreign leader or government without the consent of Congress. “I’m not going to go on this fishing expedition that they want me to, that the Democrats want me to,” he said. In their letter Friday, Chaffetz and Cummings asked the Trump Organization to provide further documents by May 12 and schedule a briefing with the committee a week later. Read the letter:

CNN: Mattis Tells Congress Trump Budget Won't Cover Cost Of Rebuilding Military

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 06:28:29 PM
Secretary of Defense James Mattis told Congress that President Donald Trump’s Pentagon budget plan will not be sufficient to fulfill his campaign promise to “rebuild” the U.S. military, CNN reported on Friday. Mattis made those comments in private, per CNN’s report, which cites four unnamed sources familiar with those conversations. One unnamed Republican lawmaker told CNN that Mattis said he is “being thwarted getting his message out” that the budget plan “is insufficient to do what Trump has called for.” CNN also reported that the Trump administration’s Pentagon budget request falls short of what the Pentagon wanted, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the deliberations. “We expect Congress will work with the administration to fund much of our additional (fiscal) 2017 budget request,” a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement to CNN. “The secretary and the service chiefs highlighted the readiness needs of the armed forces in their recent testimony. That has not changed.”

Trump: 'I Think We're In Great Shape' To Avoid Government Shutdown Next Week

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 04:10:04 PM
President Donald Trump on Friday said that efforts to avoid a government shutdown are “going very well.” “Now, we have government not closing. I think we’ll be in great shape on that, it’s going very well,” Trump said in an interview with the Associated Press. “Obviously that takes precedent.” Trump said he has “a great relationship” with all the “various groups” in the Republican party. “There’s a pretty vast area in there,” he said. “All great people. They’re great people.” Asked if avoiding a government shutdown next week will take precedence over pushing changes to health care policy, Trump said: “Yeah, sure.”

Trump: I'm Not Even At 100 Days, You Miscounted

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 03:54:57 PM
We know that President is undergoing a major, public ego injury tantrum because he has failed to manage any major legislative accomplishments in his first 100 days in office. The scale of the failure is so total one would almost need a Kelvin Scale of fail to capture its full extent. But in addition to all the other panicked flailing, there’s this gambit that seems to have gotten fairly little notice. President Trump has now at least opened the door to denying he’s not even at 100 days, that people are miscounting and that is in fact at only just over 60 days.  When asked about the situation with Obamacare Repeal and tax reform Trump told the Associated Press this (emphasis added) … I have great relationships with Congress. I think we’re doing very well and I think we have a great foundation for future things. We’re going to be applying — I shouldn’t tell you this, but we’re going to be announcing, probably on Wednesday, tax reform. … We’ve worked on it long and hard. And you gotta understand, I’ve only been here now 93 days, 92 days. President Obama took 17 months to do “Obamacare.” I’ve been here 92 days, but I’ve only been working on the health care, you know, I had to get like a little bit of grounding, right? Health care started after 30 day(s), so I’ve been working on health care for 60 days. … we’re very close. And it’s a great plan … we have to get it approved. In this exchange Trump doesn’t go the whole way to demanding a comprehensive new day score. For the moment he’s only creating a new carve out 60 count for repealing Obamacare since “health care started after 30 day”. But clearly he’s preparing a broader sort of 100 day truth movement to claim the measure should be taken from February 21st, 2017 rather than January 21st, 2017. The same day as the interview, Trump initially claimed that the entire 100 day metric is artificial and stupid. No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2017 There’s a decent argument that’s true. It’s certainly arbitrary. Maybe also stupid. But Trump more than anyone has made it more central by insisting it was the metric against which he wanted to be judged. The new effort to demand a different count or the “30 day reset/handicap” proposed to the AP is likely a sign that he knows he’s shackled himself to the 100 day mast.

Page: I Never Gave Russian Officials Info 'Beyond What You Could See On CNN'

Saturday April 22nd, 2017 03:41:37 PM
Carter Page, a onetime foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, on Saturday said his discussions with Russian officials only covered “publicly available immaterial information.” “Nothing I was ever asked to do, or no information I was ever asked for, was anything beyond what you could see on CNN,” he said in an interview on the same network. “Nothing I ever talked about with any Russian official extends beyond that publicly available immaterial information.” CNN reported on Friday, citing unnamed U.S. officials, that in summer 2016 the FBI obtained evidence that Russian operatives tried to infiltrate the Trump campaign through its sprawling network of advisers, including Page. Page on Saturday noted the word “tried” in CNN’s headline. “Now they’re really reeling things back,” he said. The Washington Post reported earlier in April that the FBI obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor Page’s communications after arguing that there was probable cause to believe he was acting as a Russian agent. Page on Saturday cited CNN’s report last week that the FBI used a dossier containing allegations of ties between Trump and Russia as part of its justification for obtaining an order in 2016 to monitor Page’s communications. “I think the dodgy dossier is the ultimate, at least from what we know thus far, the ultimate ‘try,’ and a swing and a miss thus far. But we’ll see what happens,” he said.   Page said “all of the false narrative that has been out there” was the “ultimate” election meddling, though he also questioned whether any interference took place to begin with. “I think the bigger meddling in the election was what was done against me and potentially others,” he said.   “The bigger meddling in the election was what was done against me,” says Carter Page https://t.co/2NseLGraMF https://t.co/Pj0Tm19d3v — CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2017


Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees

Friday August 5th, 2016 05:28:29 PM Lauren C. Williams
A Labor Department investigation found preliminary evidence of gender discrimination at Microsoft. The post Labor Department Finds Evidence Microsoft Discriminated Against Female Employees appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top

Friday August 5th, 2016 04:07:43 PM Alejandro Davila Fragoso
In less than a decade Brazil went from miraculous growth to a historic collapse. The post Looking At Brazil’s Economic Fall From The Top appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets

Friday August 5th, 2016 03:13:24 PM Aaron Rupar
Fact is he has nothing to gloat about. The post Scott Walker Is ‘Proud’ Of Gutting University Of Wisconsin Budgets appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:54:26 PM Bryce Covert
Context clues. The post Trump Campaign Circulates Misleading Video Claiming Clinton Promised To Raise Taxes On Middle Class appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men

Friday August 5th, 2016 02:11:17 PM Josh Israel, Evan Popp
While the list does not include any women, it does include five Steves. The post Donald Trump Announces Economic Policy Team: 13 Men appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July

Friday August 5th, 2016 12:30:43 PM Bryce Covert
Analysts had expected 180,000 jobs to be added. The post Economy Shrugs Off Signs Of Trouble With Strong Job Growth In July appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind

Thursday August 4th, 2016 09:07:48 PM Lauren C. Williams
Racial and gender diversity in retail has jumped significantly since 2014. The post Apple Store Employees Are Diverse, But Their Silicon Valley Co-Workers Lag Behind appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents

Thursday August 4th, 2016 02:50:26 PM Bryce Covert
Many states haven't passed a single law or program that would make life easier for parents. The post The States That Do Nothing To Help Working Parents appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 08:00:58 PM Alan Pyke
Gov. Brownback might finally be facing a revolt from Kansas Republicans. The post The Brownbacklash Is Finally Here: Kansas Primary Voters Send Conservatives Packing appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 07:37:28 PM Casey Quinlan
This Columbia University student, who was disciplined for sexual assault, is arguing that he is the victim of "anti-male bias." The post Student Suspended For Sexual Assault Complaint Argues The College Practiced ‘Anti-Male Bias’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart

Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 02:32:31 PM Ian Millhiser
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) endorsed his party’s racist presidential nominee. Now that nominee has publicly humiliated Ryan by refusing to endorse the speaker back. Sad! The post Why Trump Can Bully Paul Ryan And Get Away With It, In One Chart appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 03:28:49 PM Laurel Raymond
The Trump family's reactions place the blame for the harassment squarely on the victim's shoulders. The post Trump Family Has Very Predictable And Unhelpful Advice On Sexual Harassment appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories

Monday August 1st, 2016 06:06:54 PM Bryce Covert
The state will be the first in the country to ban employers from asking prospective hires for their salary histories. The post Massachusetts Becomes First State Ever To Ban Employers From Asking For Salary Histories appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof.

Monday August 1st, 2016 03:03:53 PM Bryce Covert
New data shows the effort to pass paid sick leave laws is working. The post The Paid Sick Days Movement Is Already Paying Off. Here’s the Proof. appeared first on ThinkProgress.

6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students

Monday August 1st, 2016 12:15:24 PM Casey Quinlan
Teachers can help students with ADHD if they set aside stereotypes. The post 6 Common Assumptions About ADHD That Aren’t Helping Students appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy

Friday July 29th, 2016 02:52:29 PM Bryce Covert
The economy would benefit in particular from some unique policy platforms Clinton has proposed. The post Analysts Say Clinton Proposals Would Strengthen The Economy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks

Thursday July 28th, 2016 03:18:08 PM Casey Quinlan
A Kentucky politician is unhappy with her daughter's school after she noticed it bans cornrows and dreadlocks. The post A Kentucky Politician Called Out Her Daughter’s School For Banning Cornrows And Dreadlocks appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years

Thursday July 28th, 2016 02:58:37 PM Bryce Covert
The country's consumer watchdog issued brand new regulations to crack down on debt collectors. The post Debt Collectors’ Harassment Tactics Are Put On Notice For First Time In 40 Years appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign

Thursday July 28th, 2016 12:46:21 AM Alice Ollstein
"There is a widespread alienation and disinterest in politics." The post Democrats Grapple With The Economic Anxiety Fueling Trump’s Campaign appeared first on ThinkProgress.

New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline

Wednesday July 27th, 2016 08:37:17 PM Evan Popp
The move could help begin to address the school-to-prison pipeline. The post New York City Is About To Take A Step Toward Ending The School-To-Prison Pipeline appeared first on ThinkProgress.


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