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Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property

By Philip Bump March 26 at 1:42 PM

For the eighth weekend in a row, President Trump has visited a property that bears his name. He has done so on 21 of the 66 days he has been in office, meaning that for the equivalent of three full weeks of his just-over-nine weeks as commander in chief, he has spent all or part of a day at a Trump property — earning that property mentions in the media and the ability to tell potential clients that they might be able to interact with the president. And, despite his insistence on the campaign trail that he would avoid the links — “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he said in August — he has made 13 visits to his own golf courses since becoming president, likely playing golf on at least 12 of those occasions.

Below, a breakdown of Trump’s visits to his properties. They include:

• Trump International Hotel in Washington.
• Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va.
• Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.
• Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.


Trey Gowdy claims Nunes never talked to Trump about Russia -- even though he admitted he did


SHOCKER: Trump Shows Government Can't Run Like a Business!

by Jordan Chariton | 1:19 pm, March 26th, 2017

Of all the silly, wrongheaded one-liners I’ve heard from conservatives over the years, “government should run like a business” ranks near the top. And for these folks, President Trump was their champion.

Trump campaigned as a faux populist and outsider who would “drain the swamp” (which really meant replacing it to instill a much larger swamp), routinely railing against the bloated government bureaucracy and inefficiency.

Having covered nearly two dozen Trump rallies on the campaign trail, Trump tossed out fairy dust to his supporters: he’d swoop into Washington, and with the mere touch of the Donald, bing, bing, bing, winning! And in 65 days, Trump’s gotten quite the crash course on running government like a business.

While trying to unilaterally pass autocratic, xenophobic executive actions, Trump was shocked to learn there are checks and balances embedded in U.S. government that wouldn’t allow him to do whatever he pleases.


'Bullshit Factory': On CNN, Ex-Obama Speechwriter Says CNN Puts on 'Stupid' Trump Surrogates

by Josh Feldman | 12:09 pm, March 26th, 2017

Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett appeared on CNN this morning and took a moment to critique the network for putting “stupid” people defending President Trump on the air.

Brian Stelter asked about his issues with cable news, and Lovett said that while Stelter in particular has consistently called out Sean Hannity, CNN comes out with panels that are “smart person, smart person, smart person, stupid person, smart person, smart person, smart person, bullshit factory.”

He said he’s not insulting all Trump supporters, just saying that the pro-Trump people who appear on CNN are “terrible representatives of the views of conservatives” and they’re “not intellectually honest people.”

“The same criticism you direct at Hannity,” Lovett told Stelter, “you could direct at the people that CNN puts on the air.” In talking about the kind of discussion people are hungry for these days, Lovett said he wants a “no-bullshit conversation about politics” on his podcast. (And if you’re wondering, he was not censored either time he said it.)



Tom Cotton: GOP 'Moved A Bit Too Fast' On Repeal, Compared To Dems On ACA

Source: Talking Points Memo

By ESME CRIBB Published MARCH 26, 2017, 12:53 PM EDT

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) on Sunday said that the House "moved a bit too fast" on its bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he compared unfavorably to the process Democrats used to pass the original health care legislation in 2010.

"I think the House moved a bit too fast. 18 days is simply not enough time for such a major landmark legislation," Cotton said on CBS News' "Face the Nation." He said that Republicans will have to "revisit" the bill, though House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the White House both appeared eager to move on to other areas of policy after the legislation was pulled on Friday less than an hour before it was scheduled to go to the House floor.

"We now have the time to do it in a more deliberate and careful fashion," Cotton said. "To release a bill that was written in secret and then expect to pass it in 18 days I just don't think was feasible."

He unfavorably compared Republican efforts to bring the bill to Trump's desk to Democrats' work on health care legislation in 2009. "For 60 years at least they had been pursuing a national health care system, yet they didn't introduce legislation for eight months," Cotton said. "They didn't pass it for over a year of Barack Obama's first term."

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tom-cotton-gop-moved-too-fast-on-repeal-compared-to-dems-on-obamacare

Joy-Ann Reid: Paul Ryan is 'fine' taking eyeglasses from children


White House Aides Now Fear Government Shutdown

March 26, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

Mike Allen: “Amid high-stakes postmortems that include conversations with President Trump about White House staffing and operations, aides are rewriting their plans for the next legislative fight — with a weakened president and speaker, emboldened House hardliners, and a party at war with itself.”

“Forget pie in the sky like tax reform or a massive infrastructure package. Now aides fear a government shutdown when the current continuing resolution runs out at the end of April.”

Said one White House official: “We underestimated the vitriol in the Republican conference. The animosity between the hardline House Freedom Caucus and leadership is such that it’s hard to see how the coalition comes together. Each time there was an accommodation, there was a new demand.”

Playbook: “The government is slated to shut down at the end of April. The House — where funding the government will be most difficult — is only in session for 12 more days between now and then. (The House is out from April 7 through April 25.)”



Tax Reform Is Already In Trouble

March 26, 2017 By Taegan Goddard

Stan Collender: “Many of the very same pressures that stopped the GOP’s American Health Care Act dead in its tracks will be present again with tax reform. As a result, unlike what many analysts were saying just a few days ago, corporate tax reform this year not only is no longer a sure thing , it has to be considered to be in trouble.”

“But there will be one big difference between Obamacare and tax reform: it won’t be as easy for Congress to pass a budget resolution in May or June as it was for it to adopt a budget resolution this past January and, without one, the reconciliation procedures won’t be available.”

“The reason for that difficulty? The January fiscal 2017 budget resolution was largely pro forma; it made no substantive policy changes and was done just to get reconciliation instructions in place for ACA repeal. Many House and Senate Republicans held their noses and voted for it even though it had high deficits and what they considered to be excessive spending levels only so the AAC repeal debate could get underway. By contrast, the fiscal 2018 budget resolution that Congress will consider later this year will be the real thing, with deficits and spending levels that will be anything but acceptable to many representatives and senators.”



A Kennedy for Connecticut governor?

By Neil Vigdor Updated 10:20 am, Sunday, March 26, 2017

His name opens doors, but comes with the burden of lofty political expectations: Ted Kennedy Jr.

Now in his second term as a state senator, the Branford Democrat and disability advocate is said by multiple sources to be strongly leaning toward a run for governor in 2018.

A person close to Kennedy put the chances at “90 percent” that the health care lawyer and son of the late “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy jumps into the race, capitalizing on his name recognition and a potential vacuum if fellow Democrat Dannel P. Malloy opts not to seek a third term as governor.

Kennedy, 55, declined an interview request, but issued a statement to Hearst Connecticut Media demurring about his gubernatorial plans and calling it an honor to serve in the state Senate, where he is co-chairman of the Environment Committee. He is the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.

“If other opportunities to serve were to arise, I would consider them,” Kennedy said. “But right now, I am focused on my legislative agenda to strengthen our state finances, bring jobs back to our state, protect our environment, promote disability rights and preserve access to health care.”


Trump may bypass hardline conservatives on tax, White House says

Source: Reuters

Sun Mar 26, 2017 | 12:00pm EDT

By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Doina Chiacu | WASHINGTON

Fresh off a defeat on U.S. healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may opt to bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.

Both Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus scolded hardline conservatives who rejected legislation backed by the White House to overhaul Obamacare.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Priebus held out the possibility of working with moderate Democrats as well as Republicans to pass other aspects of Trump's agenda, such as his proposed budget, the revamp of the tax code and a renewed effort at healthcare reform.

"If we can come up with a bill that accomplishes the goals of the president with Republicans alone, we'll take and we'll move forward with it," Priebus said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxes-idUSKBN16X0MM
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