Wiretap: As if to show that anything can still happen, the Senate agrees on a budget bill
The Senate budget bill is a surprise on many fronts. It ignored Donald Trump’s threat to oppose it. It’s for two years. It raises spending by about $300 billion. It’s bipartisan. And a day after threatening to oppose any bill that didn’t include Trump’s immigration plan, Trump is now fully in support of a bill that doesn’t — you’re ahead of me on this, I bet — include any part of Trump’s immigration plan. Via The New York Times.
The biggest question about the Senate budget bill, writes Elaina Plott in The Atlantic, is whether Paul Ryan can bring it home in the House. One vote he won’t get, though, belongs to Nancy Pelosi, who spent a little more than eight hours on the House floor speaking in support of the Dreamers. And she did it in four-inch heels. To get the votes in the Senate, Mitch McConnell promised an open debate on the Dreamers. Ryan isn’t promising anything at all. Via The Los Angeles Times.
If you want to know why many conservatives are opposing the Senate budget compromise, The National Review has it all for you. You can start, of course, with the money.
This will not surprise you, but it took no time at all for the latest all-caps, FBI-Obama-Clinton conspiracy theory from Trumpworld to be proven wrong. Trump himself tweeted that the latest FBI texts are BOMBSHELLS! Except, of course, they’re not, despite what you may hear on Fox. In fact, they’re yet another dud. Via Vox.
Rob Porter, a top White House aide, resigns after two former wives accused him of physical and emotional abuse. And only after Chief of Staff John Kelly, who had at first convinced Porter not to quit, had publicly defended him. Porter finally resigned after photos of one ex-wife’s blackened eye appeared. Via The Washington Post.
Ruth Marcus writes in The Washington Post that we should look at the blackened eye and then demand to know what happened and to know how John Kelly was defending Rob Porter even after receiving FBI reports.
The problem with Trump’s make-America-great-again military parade idea is that, with our country’s well-known military might, this parade is not the American way. Via The New Yorker.
Lawrence Summers writes that Jay Powell’s real challenge as the new head of the Federal Reserve is how to help successfully guide an economy from a position of strength. It’s harder than you might think. Via Financial Times.
In the city where celebrity is still the most important currency, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, maybe the least-known billionaire in town, has purchased the Los Angeles Times. Now the question is whether he can do what well-known billionaire Jeff Bezos has done for The Washington Post. Via The New York Times.
Photo courtesy of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, via Flickr.
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