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The DC: Michael Cohen gets three years in prison, and... 💰 Do you want Congress providing funds for a border wall?

by Countable | 12.13.18

Welcome to Thursday, left, right, and centers...

So here's a tweet that didn't age well:

Nearly three years to the day of sending that tweet, Michael Cohen, Trump's former attorney, was sentenced to thirty-six months in prison for tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

Cohen, who had also served as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee, told the court his "weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump" and that he "felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."

How do you feel about Cohen's sentencing?

On the Radar

  • President Trump on Wednesday referenced the recent mass shooting in France in his petitioning of Democrats to give him the funding he wants for his border wall with Mexico. "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more," the president said in a tweet, before urging Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) to “give us the votes to get additional Border Security!” Trump has demanded $5 billion for the border wall, but Schumer has drawn a red line on providing no more than $1.3 billion—to be used for "border security," not a wall. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told senators at a hearing Tuesday that the agency is not looking to build a single 2,000-mile concrete barrier along the southern border, but instead wants 1,100 miles of a “border wall system” that would include natural barriers and steel fencing that agents can see through. Do you want Congress to provide funds for a border wall?

Under the Radar

  • A Rhode Island school district has hired a collection agency to recover unpaid student lunch balances. It’s a problem schools face across the country, and chief operating officer of Cranston Public Schools, Raymond Votto Jr., said the district had tried to collect outstanding lunch bills from parents “without much success.” "In an effort to reduce our unpaid balance, the District has retained the services of a collection agency. The company is Transworld Systems and they will begin their collection efforts effective January 2, 2019," a letter to parents said. Should schools turn over student lunch debt to collection agencies?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 2:30pm EST, the president will hold a signing ceremony for the executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a resolution calling on the government of Burma to release journalists who were arrested for investigating attacks by the Burmese military on the Rohingya, and calling those attacks genocide.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on a bill to require the withdrawal of U.S. troops assisting the Saudi-led coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should a Trump Admin Rule Be Repealed to Let the IRS to Require That Non-Profits Disclose Their Donors?

(Follow Catherine's comment here.)

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

Are you experiencing the benefits of the booming economy?

For more than a year, the jobless rate has hovered around 4 percent— including the last three months, when it's been at a half-century low of 3.7 percent.

According to Axios, this low joblessness is "lifting all boats."

For example, the economic expansion has "pulled hundreds of thousands of long-term unemployed people into jobs, often at companies where they learn transferable skills when previously they had few."

"This is win-win for employees and the aggregate economy," said Darrell West, head of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. "Over time, having a better trained workforce will boost productivity and improve national competitiveness."

Are you experiencing the benefits of low jobless numbers?

Take some time today to enjoy a nice concerto for National Violin Day,

—Josh Herman

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