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Senate shrugs off Trump admin’s $5 billion trophy border wall plan

“The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a Homeland Security spending measure in June that includes the $1.6 billion for border wall funding” writes Ap Photo Jae for washingtonexaminer.com. The fiscal year 2019 House Homeland Security Appropriations spending bill would give a major boost to border wall funding.But in the Senate, where ten Democrats are needed to pass legislation, it will be much harder to get significantly more border wall funding than the $1.6 billion requested by the Trump administration. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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The World Burns. Sarah Sanders Says This Is Fine.

“He is a very fine person, and in fact the consummate winner: This is a White House that subscribes to the incontrovertible realities of the world according to one man” writes Megan Garber for theatlantic.com. A world of winners and a world, consequently, of losers: It is perhaps the clearest distillation of Trumpism.A house divided, live on C-SPAN. What the collision makes clear, though, is how readily the first spokesperson, as she stands behind the White House briefing lectern, also stands behind her boss. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Va. attorney general declines to appeal federal finding of racial gerrymandering

“The federal district court initially ruled that the House boundaries were not unconstitutional, but that finding was overturned on appeal by the U.S. Supreme Court” reports washingtonpost.com. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said Thursday that the state will not challenge a federal ruling that 11 House of Delegates districts were created to discriminate against African American voters, and argued that federal courts should disregard an appeal filed by Republican leaders. [Va. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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Daily on Energy: That coal bailout costs how much!?

“New GOP carbon tax bill: Indeed, next week, Curbelo is planning to introduce a carbon tax bill, showing the emerging split within some quarters of the party” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Six Republicans voted against the measure condemning a carbon tax, which some conservative groups took as a positive sign that momentum is shifting.Strong opposition: But many powerful conservative groups oppose a carbon tax. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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White House: Trump is not interfering with Fed policy decisions

“The White House clarified statements made by President Donald Trump to CNBC about the Federal Reserve and its decision to raise interest rates this year” writes Fred Imbert for cnbc.com. As he said he considers the Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell a very good man and that he is not interfering with Fed policy decisions. … Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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LARRY SUMMERS: Trump just took another step toward turning the US into a ‘banana republic’

“Just recently, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox Business Network he hoped the Fed would raise interest rates “very slowly.”” writes Pedro Nicolaci Da for businessinsider.com. The former White House economist is a frequent critic of Trump’s, having previously railed against everything from his infrastructure plan to what Summers saw as an ill-timed and poorly-conceived tax cut plan. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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House committee chairmen demand answers from US Virgin Islands governor over gun grab

“Kenneth Mapp demanding answers on an ammo and firearm seizure he authorized in the days leading up to 2017’s Hurricane Irma” reports washingtonexaminer.com. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., wrote to Mapp seeking answers to questions they had regarding his executive order authorizing the seizure, which the lawmakers note is “still in effect today.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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VA cleaning house of Trump haters: Report

“Trump allies at the Department of Veterans Affairs have begun an effort to oust or transfer officials at the agency who appear to be disloyal to President Trump, according to a new report” writes Ap Photo Jacquelyn for washingtonexaminer.com. The report comes as Trump’s nominee to lead the agency, Robert Wilkie, is awaiting full confirmation from the Senate. He served as acting secretary of the VA following David Shulkin’s removal, and as he awaits confirmation, has returned to his role as head of military personnel at the Defense Department. [Also…

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Bill would give young people more Obamacare subsidies

“Health insurance through Obamacare can be costly for people making above $48,000 a year, the income threshold at which they no longer qualify for subsidies” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Under the proposal, the maximum percentage of income that young adults would have to pay toward health insurance under Obamacare would decrease by 2.5 percentage points for people between the ages of 18 to 30. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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