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The Daily Countable: Intelligence Funding & Space Defunding

by Countable | 1.25.18

Greetings, Folks. Hope you're having a delightful Thursday.

One Big Thing

Top intel senators are mad that the White House managed to get language in the recent funding bill giving the administration broad powers to direct intelligence funding without Congressional oversight. How is the White House explaining itself? Read our story here.

On the Radar

President Donald Trump is in Devos for the World Economic Forum. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made headlines recently when he told members of the Forum: "A weaker dollar is good for us as it relates to trade and opportunities." Click here for our "Countable Explains: What’s a ‘Weak Dollar’?

Under the Radar

Space exploration is not cheap. That's why the Trump administration is looking to cut funding to the International Space Station. Read our coverage here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in Switzerland

  • The president is in Davos and will hold meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the chairman of the World Economic Forum.
  • He will also attend a reception at the World Economic Forum and have dinner with European business leaders.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday January 29.

The Senate: In Session

  • Voting on the confirmation of R.D. James to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army.

Tomorrow’s Preview

  • Both chambers of Congress will return Monday January 29.

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  • Jesse
    01/25/2018
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    We as Americans need to stand up to this very stupid president of the us

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  • Joey
    01/25/2018
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    No defunding space

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  • David
    01/26/2018
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    Don't give Trump that kind of power without oversight, he nor any President should hold the purse strings of any law enforcement nor intelligence service to do his bidding ( Gestapo ) . No on abandoning the space station ❗️🇺🇸 ya'll are getting down right ignorant ❗️🙏🏻

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  • Bhuvanesh
    01/26/2018
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    Our presence and dominance in space is critical to our presence on the world stage, even decades after the Cold War. We cannot afford to cut funding for the International Space Station. What we can do instead is refuse to fund Donald Trump's expensive and irresponsible border wall.

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  • Andrew
    01/26/2018
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    SUPPORT FUNDING SPACE STATION !!!!

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  • AddisonTibe
    01/25/2018
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    You know what Obama was able to do that Trump couldn’t do? Keep the ISS funded. If ISS funding gets transferred to a stupid wall then priorities of this nation is just stupid.

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  • Sherri
    01/26/2018
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    Defunding space exploration, denying climate change, expanding drilling for oil and fracking, our government really wants us (our children and grandchildren) to die a slow torturous death on this planet that we are destroying. No escaping into space once we’ve consumed every bit of our planet. How are you politicians going to explain to your grandchildren why you stuck them with this death sentence? Will you tell them that greed and bigotry drove your actions? Will they forgive you?

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  • Antonice
    01/26/2018
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    What’s the point of defunding the space program? That’s ridiculous!

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  • Wallace
    01/26/2018
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    Resist all actions from this President!! I especially do not want him to have any power without congressional oversight!!!

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  • Scott
    01/26/2018
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    Space is the future. We must fund development of the technology at a much higher level if we are to stay ahead of China.

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  • Jackie
    01/26/2018
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    Fund international space station. Do not give Trump any control for funding anything. Not one penny for that worthless wall.

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  • John
    01/26/2018
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    We can make DJT President of Mars...

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  • Tim
    01/26/2018
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    Fund space exploration. Defund spy programs.

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  • Dara
    01/26/2018
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    Wow! Those brilliant cogressmen didn’t READ what they were voting on. That’s negligent and perhaps those “yes” voting congressmen shouldn’t be in office. You have no business voting if you haven’t done your homework. The space station should be fully funded, we have already gutted our space program and this needs to be rectified. Fund the space station.

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  • SneakyPete
    01/26/2018
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    I guess that I will have to up shout my true feelings as I have seen from many of the good Leftist-Leaning folks have constantly on many and varied topics. I’m proud of the efforts that our duly elected President has accomplished, in spite of the Democratic Obstructionist efforts being placed to hinder his agenda. Regardless of their efforts he has been greatly successful, and will continue in the coming months. We will be seeing a great improvements in our economy, employment number, business growth, and the list goes on and on. What’s even more important is the fact that his willingness to compromise, will bring forth more response from the Democrats, which means more accomplished in coming months, resulting in greater opportunities for Republicans gains in the 2018 Mid-Term elections. 1*26*18.

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  • LSC327
    01/26/2018
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    DO NOT defund the ISS or any other NASA effort to prove that the sentient beings on this planet have more than two brain cells to rub together. Space is the proving ground for new technology. We wouldn't be where we are now without the groundbreaking strides in technology developed with the Gemini and later Apollo missions; and the space shuttle. Defunding these last bastions of science and exploration cannot be allowed to happen.

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  • Lawrence
    01/26/2018
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    Add the cost of barracks on the moon for Prez Rump and fund space! I would fell much safer if he were taking divots out of the moon’s surface rather than our hard fought democracy!

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  • Shai
    01/26/2018
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    Defunding Space Exploration? I thought for sure Mr. T had his own personal gold- plated luxury Rocket-ship to take him to Trump Planet in the Trump Galaxy in the brand new, named-branded Trump Universe. Unless he’s defunding space exploration cause he’s afraid he’ll end up with us as his space neighbors. Snob! How sad!

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  • Donald
    01/26/2018
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    Why hasn’t trump imposed sanctions on Russia as of yet like he said he was going to do? This has to be one of the reasons why trump doesn’t want to show his taxes because it would show trump is making money from Russia while in office. When will the republican leaders pull their heads out of trumps asshole and stop Hitler trump shithole?

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  • Judiann o
    01/26/2018
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    PLEASE, NO ridiculously expensive WALL to be paid OUT OF MY AND MY FELLOW CITIZENS POCKETS.. STOP this idiocy, don’t let it go any further. We look to you for true speaking & our country’s best interest. Remember, we need infrastructure, healthcare and education for our citizens. Judiann O Barnes

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