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Today in Trump

Donald Trump’s international trip got pushed out of the news today by yet another list of bad news for his administration. Why settle for a scandal a day when you can have many?

Russian agents bought ads on Facebook and other social media during the election to spread damaging stories about Hillary Clinton and influence the election. That’s illegal, and the FEC is starting to investigate.

And yesterday, the former director of the CIA testified that he has specific information concerning Russia trying to recruit members of the Trump campaign. This includes “contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign”. Will Trump keep claiming that this is a “witch hunt”?

Next, after the terrorist attack in Manchester, England on Monday night, British authorities determined that the bomber was someone who was already known to British intelligence, and started arresting members of his network. They shared this information with US authorities, who stupidly leaked it to the public while the Brits were still trying to track down the terrorists. Why would any country ever share intelligence with us about terrorism in the future?

And then there is the $2 trillion math error in the proposed budget the Trump administration sent to Congress yesterday, which blows a huge hole in that budget. A former Treasury secretary called it “a logical error of the kind that would justify failing a student in an introductory economics course.” And this is coming from an administration that “prides itself on its business background”. Bottom line? “The Trump administration has not yet made a significant economic pronouncement that meets a minimal standard of competence and honesty.”

Today’s news? The CBO will release its assessment of the AHCA today.

[Hat tip to Electoral Vote for sourcing this information.]



  1. John Lee wrote:

    I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended by suggesting Don should be given a break, you know, constitution and all that. I am clearly wrong, even though from 12 000 miles away I was able to recognize he was a good chance to win. Please amend the constitution to make voting compulsory. That or legislate against stupidity. Damm, wrong again. Corporations have stupidity sown up. Trump is a symptom, not a cause.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  2. westomoon wrote:

    IK, this might be your best ever!

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    The CBO estimates that the AHCA passed by the House would leave 23 million additional Americans without health insurance.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:43 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    First you sabotage the ACA by crippling its original intent (single payer) and later withholding promised subsidies on what’s left of it. For good measure, you slam it as un-American, forcing hard working patriots to buy something they don’t need or want. Then you proclaim, practically gleefully, “it’s failing, collapsing from its own weight!”. Later you pass a massive tax cut bill for the top 0.2% masquerading as healthcare and you call it the AHCA (gotta slip an “American” in the title somewhere, “Freedom” was already taken by some caucus or other).

    Everybody happy yet? All righty then, done and done! Let’s break for Summer!

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  5. rk wrote:

    Mr. Summers, former Chief Economist of the World Bank, referred to the budget as ‘ludicrous’.

    “The budget forecasts about $2tr in extra federal revenue growth over the next 10 years, which it uses to pay for Mr Trump’s ‘biggest tax cut in history’.

    But that very same $2tr is then used to reduce the budget deficit.”

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm | Permalink