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Thursday, February 01, 2018

The ink was barely dry on the $1.5 trillion tax cut Congress passed last month when President Donald Trump began crowing about its successes. Last week, he bragged at both the American Farm Bureau's annual convention and a Cabinet meeting about companies that had already paid their workers bonuses because of it. "Nobody thought about it," he said last Wednesday. "We just knew a lot of good things were going to happen." Congressional Republicans have taken their own victory laps. Last Thursday, just minutes after Wal-Mart announced it was raising its hourly wage from $10 to $11, Speaker Paul Ryan's office blasted out a press release promoting the news; House Republicans launched a website, titled "Tax Reform Works," tracking new wage hikes and investments. read more

The top Republican in the Pennsylvania Senate told the state's Supreme Court on Wednesday that he is refusing to follow a court order asking lawmakers to turn over data to help correct a gerrymandered congressional map. The letter from Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati was the latest move Republicans have made to slow down the process of redrawing the congressional map, which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled was in violation of the state constitution earlier this month. The court is giving lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf (D) until Feb. 15 to come up with a new map. If they can't agree on one by then, the court has appointed a special master to get one in place so that the state's scheduled election primaries can run smoothly. To help the special master draw a map, the court asked lawmakers to provide data on Pennsylvania municipalities and precincts by noon on Wednesday. read more

The Congressional Budget Office estimated Wednesday that the deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling will fall in the first half of March, moving up the estimated date because of the revenue lost from the Republican-passed tax cuts. Previously, the budget office had projected that the debt ceiling would become binding in late March or early April. But because the new withholding tables for the lower tax rates are being phased in, the Treasury can expect "roughly $10 billion to $15 billion per month less," the CBO said. The agency provides budgetary and economic analysis to Congress. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress late Tuesday that he could move around accounts long enough to pay bills through February and called on lawmakers to quickly raise the debt limit. read more

Monday, January 29, 2018

BREAKING: Andrew McCabe has stepped down effective today as FBI deputy director, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell @ NBC News

Former First Lady Michelle Obama's travel around the world paled in comparison to the funds needed for current First Lady Melania Trump. The newly released expenditures add to an already growing total of travel costs by an administration that is only a year old. Report Advertisement According to a new Wall Street Journal report, Mrs. Trump has spent $675,000 on flights during her first three months her husband was in office. During that period, Trump lived in New York City while her newly elected spouse was living in the White House. Mrs. Trump maintained that she wanted their son to finish out his school year before moving to Washington, D.C. read more


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