In the next two months, Congress will have to raise the debt ceiling and pass a budget. GOP leaders don't know how they're going to do either of them.
There's nothing that united Republicans more tightly during the Obama years than their shared criticism of all the debt that racked up under the president's watch. They raised political hell every time Democrats needed to raise the debt ceiling, and in 2011 they brought the country to the brink of default by insisting on spending and reforms in exchange for their votes.
This year, however, it's all on them.
Trump administration officials told lawmakers this week that the Treasury Department would need authority to issue more debt earlier than expected this year, urging Congress to act before its traditional summer recess begins in August. read more
French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a blunt greeting to Vladimir Putin on Monday, criticizing the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Russian-backed government and blasting Russia's state-run news media as "organs of influence and propaganda." Macron had invited the Russian leader to France to reset a relationship that has turned increasingly sour. Putin did more than any other foreign leader to undermine Macron's legitimacy in this country's recent presidential election, meeting with his far-right opponent during the campaign. His meeting with Putin came just days after Macron made his mark on the world stage, welcoming President Trump with an aggressive handshake that the French leader later said was intended to show that he wouldn't "make small concessions." read more
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Monday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is a greater threat to the world than ISIS. In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "7:30," McCain said Putin is the "premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS." "I think ISIS can do terrible things," McCain said. "But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election." read more
Jamelle Bouie, Slate: In a feature for ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, journalist Alec MacGillis shined light on the role of Jared Kushner -- son-in-law and close adviser to President Trump -- as a real estate developer and landlord. In 2011 and 2012, seeking a stable source of revenue, Kushner and his partners purchased thousands of units of working-class housing in the inner-ring suburbs of cities like Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Their largest holdings are in Baltimore County, Maryland, where they control 15 complexes that house up to 20,000 people in total. And in managing these properties, reports MacGillis, Kushner is a harsh and unforgiving landlord. ... "They're nothing but slumlords," said one tenant to [Alec] MacGillis. For someone whose company all but exploits the precariousness and desperation of people who have few other choices for decent housing, it is a fair charge. read more
Buy a roll of Trump Paper and you'll help deportees, promises Mexican attorney who created the new "softness without borders" toilet paper.
Donald Trump, with his campaign talk of "bad hombres" from Mexico, made Antonio Battaglia so angry, he decided to fight back -- with "softness" for your bottom. The Mexican businessman plans to produce and sell toilet paper, with a portion of the proceeds going to help people who've been deported back to Mexico.
"I started looking for a way to do something that had an impact, not in a tone of mockery or revenge, but in a positive way," the Guanajuato-based businessman told Expansión, a business publication in Mexico.
The package label features a bushy-browed roll of paper topped with Trump's recognizable golden swoop and upturned thumb.