President Donald Trump, fresh off a victory in the Senate that puts him a step closer to passing a huge tax-cut bill by year-end, and with the U.S. stock market near record highs, declared himself "unbeatable" for 2020. "Unless they have somebody that we don't know about, right now we're unbeatable," Trump said Saturday at a Trump Victory Fund finance breakfast in New York City. Trump said, without elaboration, that "new numbers just came out" backing up his assessment of the electoral landscape. The White House and the Republican National Committee didn't immediately respond to questions on the numbers the president was referring to. read more
The holidays are great and I absolutely love this time of year, but even I am sick and tired of people who ask the same old boring family questions. What are you doing with your life? Are you seeing anyone? How's your job going? Et cetera, et cetera. It's even worse when you've got an annoyingly traditional family that's borderline backwards. Well if you wished there was a way to get back at them and mess with them real good this Holiday season, then you may want to take up Wesley Peterson on his "Guess who's coming to dinner" family service. read more
President Trump has told confidants that a government shutdown could be good for him politically and is focusing on his hard-line immigration stance as a way to win back supporters unhappy with his outreach to Democrats this fall, according to people who have spoken with him recently.
Over the past 10 days, the president has also told advisers that it is important that he is seen as tough on immigration and getting money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people who have spoken with him. He has asked friends about how a shutdown would affect him politically and has told several people he would put the blame on Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has been citing a report that he says, once released, will show the GOP tax plan will pay for itself with economic growth. But that report doesn't exist, according to an economist in the Treasury office supposedly drafting models on the impact, the NYT reports. read more
Reports that the White House has a tentative plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that emerged Thursday were an effort to express President Donald Trump's deep displeasure and publicly shame his secretary of state, a source with direct knowledge of the White House's thinking said Thursday. read more