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The Daily Countable: Budget Deals & Olympic Games

by Countable | 2.9.18

Greetings, folks. You made it to another weekend. Congrats.

One Big Thing

After a lapse in funding caused an hours-long, middle-of-the-night shutdown, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, sending it to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law. Read the latest here.

Wondering what's in the budget? We've got you covered:

On the Radar

The Olympics aspire to bring out the best in humanity through a celebration of athletic achievement and international cooperation, based on the belief that a “peaceful and better world” can be built through respectful competition. But as history has shown, when so many countries get together in one place things can get pretty damn political. Read that history here.

Under the Radar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson claimed that Russia is already meddling in the 2018 midterm elections and has "a lot of different tools" at its disposal. What are those tools? How can we combat the meddling? Click here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will receive his intelligence briefing before holding meetings with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Tuesday, February 13.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate is out and will return Monday, February 12.

Next Week's Preview

  • The Senate will take a procedural vote Monday to start debate on immigration reform with an open amendment process to follow.

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  • Justin
    02/09/2018
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    I would bet running against Trump ( if he makes 4 years ) would be to run solely on undoing everything he has done ! Would be a winning campaign!

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  • Clint
    02/09/2018
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    There is nothing more important to this country at the moment than our president. What I want to know is what are you planning on doing to protect this country and it’s people from literally everything he does. I could give you a huge list but it’s been done. You’re all grown men. You know what’s happening. So you either agree with it or your scared. So I say this to you all. Man up or we find someone else who will.

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  • Monica
    02/09/2018
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    The FBI texts are not a bombshell. This is another attempt by 45to distract and confuse. Republicans are being complicit and guilty of enabling 45 and his clown administration

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  • Gay
    02/09/2018
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    I'M SO HAPPY THAT TRUMP WON. I THANK GOD FOR SAVING THIS COUNTRY AND ASK HIM EVERY DAY TO CONTINUE TO HAVE MERCY ON THIS COUNTRY . GO TRUMP GO CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE DOES NEXT. THE GOP BETTER SMARTEN UP AND START WORKING WITH TRUMP OR THEY WILL OUT OF A JOB.

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  • NoHedges
    02/11/2018
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    Since 2k in lies is a bit much to post, even for me, how about we just look at the lies told by sector. Starting with the biggest component essential to rebuilding our economy: education. A platform issue neither party or even Countable seems to want to focus on... SEP 25 2017 “Currently, more than half of high schools do not offer computer programming, and nearly 40 percent do not offer physics.” Topic: Education Source: Remarks Trump supported investments for STEM education at an event with his daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump. But this is inconsistent with his campaign rhetoric, and his proposed fiscal 2018 budget, according to {The Washington Post.} His budget "zeroed out one of the Education Department’s main programs that could be used for such a purpose, and it eliminated funding for NASA’s education office (which, among other things, oversees efforts to support women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields)."

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  • Marylynn
    02/12/2018
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    Cadet/comrade Bone Spurs wants $200 billion for infrastructure, which includes $23 billion for his f%^king wall. Sorry, but I'm not agreeing to paying for the wall he repeatedly insisted that Mexico would pay for. He can take his proposal a shove it where the sun doesn't shine. You want better border security start with more border guards, drones, etc. A wall hasn't done a thing to deter anyone from crossing our border, not to mention that a majority are flying into our country and not coming via Mexico.

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  • NoHedges
    02/11/2018
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    This lie from our 45th president and liar-in-charge has been repeated 61 times. It is as if Trump somehow believes that by saying the same thing over and over it will some how make it true. “Now that the individual mandate is officially killed, people have no idea how big a deal that was. It’s the most unpopular part of Obamacare. But now, Obamacare is essentially. … You know, you saw this. … It’s basically dead over a period of time.” FACT CHECK: While the individual mandate was an important incentive for Americans to seek health insurance, it was only one part of a far-reaching law that remains intact. The repeal does not take effect until 2019, and enrollment in Obamacare has remained strong. The Congressional Budget Office says the marketplaces are expected to remain stable for years. -courtesy of the Washington Post. One of the few news outlets with the balls to stand up for democracy.

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  • NoHedges
    02/11/2018
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    Broken Promises by president trump: 18. “My only special interest is you, the American people,” not major donors, the party or corporations.

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  • Jon
    02/10/2018
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    The Stock Market may choke, too big a budget.....you are all responsible!!!!!

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  • Mary
    02/10/2018
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    When I see nations coming together for the Olympic Games in peace I know these very same nations can come together and give us peace on earth. Peace through mutual respect for each other, through cooperation, through appreciation, and through the embracing differences. Come on everyone give peace a chance!

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  • John
    02/10/2018
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    Senators Donnelly and Young. Rep Brooks, where is the OUTRAGE about Pence’s egregious behavior at the Olympics? Why are you indifferent to Trump’s despicable comments about the wife bashing zealots he employs and defends? Why so tone deaf on his complicity with Russia, Putin and Russian dark money? Will you PLEASE SPEAK OUT against the extremist rhetoric and daily lies we are being subjected to! Honor the oaths that you took to defend our Constitution! What are you waiting for?

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  • NoHedges
    02/11/2018
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    How about a weekly feature focused on Trump and his administration lies and broken promises? Here is the most recent lie courtesy of The Washington Posts: Fact Checker project. "The truth is that they [Democrats] are covering up that Hillary Clinton colluded with the Russians to get dirt on Trump to feed it to the FBI to open up an investigation into the other campaign.” The Facts "There are many strands to the Russia probe. Let’s focus first on the role of a “dossier” of information on possible Trump-Russia ties compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community. Steele had been tapped by Fusion GPS, a research and intelligence firm under contract to investigate Trump by Perkins Coie, a law firm working for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The dossier is actually a series of memos, apparently based on conversations with Russian sources, that were written between June and December 2016. A version was published by BuzzFeed shortly before Trump’s inauguration, after FBI Director James B. Comey had briefed Trump on its existence."

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  • NoHedges
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    Our we could focus on one of 45s favorite topics the economy. But be prepared this list of lies is so long that I feel it too burdensome to post more than the last month. JAN 19 2018 ⚡️"Our economy is perhaps the best it's ever been.” Repeated 1 time 🔥The annual increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, is currently far below the level reached in many years in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. DETAILS JAN 18 2018 ⚡️"The Wall will be paid for, directly or indirectly, or through longer term reimbursement, by Mexico, which has a ridiculous $71 billion dollar trade surplus with the U.S. The $20 billion dollar Wall is 'peanuts' compared to what Mexico makes from the U.S. NAFTA is a bad joke!” Repeated 12 times 🔥Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not goods and services. The 2016 trade deficit with Mexico was $56 billion. Meanwhile, Trump frequently suggests the United States is “losing money” when there is a trade deficit, but that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost -- and that such monies could be used to pay for a $20 million wall. DETAILS JAN 16 2018 ⚡️"But the stock market is way up again today, and we're setting a record literally all the time. And I'm telling you, we have a long way to go. And had the other side gotten in, the market would have gone down 50 percent from where it was -- 50 percent from where it was. Remember that. It was stagnant, and it was going down.” Repeated 95 times 🔥This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive. DETAILS ⚡️JAN 16 2018 “But GDP [gross domestic product] in particular, it was stuck and heading down. ” 🔥GDP growth hit 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015 while Obama was still in office, after a sustained period of job creation since the Great Recession, and reached 2.8 percent in the third quarter of 2016. GDP growth did fall in the 4th quarter, but Trump is pushing it to call it "stuck." DETAILS JAN 16 2018 ⚡️"We're looking now at Dodd-Frank because we have to free up so the banks can loan money to great people because the banks haven't been able to do that. They were restricted.” Repeated 1 time 🔥If Trump were just talking about all business loans, his statement would be wrong. Commercial lending is at record highs. The picture is murkier if he were referring only to small businesses, as the White House claims. The law was not intended to target community banks, and it carved out many exemptions. But regulatory oversight appears to have become tougher, so a case could be made that the post-Dodd-Frank regulatory environment made it harder for community banks to make small-business loans. DETAILS JAN 16 2018 ⚡️"My presidential budget was the first in history to include a nationwide program for paid family leave.” 🔥Obama was a big advocate of parental leave, expanding it in the federal government through executive action, and his budget included funds to expand state programs. Trump appears to distinguish his proposal from Obama's efforts by citing a "nationwide program." But while it was in the budget, Trump and his administration have done little to push for the idea in Congress. DETAILS JAN 16 2018 ⚡️"We've created now almost $8 trillion worth of value just in the stock market.” Repeated 95 times 🔥This is another flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. DETAILS JAN 16 2018 ⚡️"And our country is doing very well. Economically, we've never had anything like it.” Repeated 1 time 🔥The annual increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the economy, is currently far below the level reached in many years in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"Small Business Poll has highest approval numbers in the polls history. All business is just at the beginning of something really special!” ☄️This poll did not measure presidential approval but small business optimism about the economy. DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"You know if you remember the first quarter was a very low GDP, when Obama's last quarter. It was the slowest growing recovery, a very minor recovery, but it's the worst recovery they've had since the Great Depression. And our country was headed in the wrong direction. We were going down, we were going down a long way.” 💥Trump routinely tries to take credit for jobs created since the election, even though Obama was still president, yet here he calls economic growth in the first quarter of his presidency "Obama's last quarter." Moreover, Trump falsely claims "we were headed down" when in fact he inherited an economy that already had the longest period of unbroken job growth in U.S. history. DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"You know, the United States has been treated very, very badly. That has been a terrible agreement for us.” Repeated 17 times 🔥Trump’s attack on North American Free Trade Agreement is over the top. It is often difficult to separate out the impact of trade agreements on jobs, compared to other, broader economic trends. But the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service in 2015 concluded the “net overall effect of NAFTA on the U.S. economy appears to have been relatively modest, primarily because trade with Canada and Mexico accounts for a small percentage of U.S. GDP,” though it noted “there were worker and firm adjustment costs as the three countries adjusted to more open trade and investment among their economies.” DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"We lose $71 billion in trade deficits with Mexico.” Repeated 12 times 🔥Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not goods and services. The 2016 trade deficit with Mexico was $56 billion. Meanwhile, Trump frequently suggests the United States is “losing money” when there is a trade deficit, but that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost. DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"We lose $17 billion with Canada.” 🔥In reality, the U.S. goods trade deficit with Canada was $12.1 billion in 2016, but the U.S. services trade surplus with Canada was $24.6 billion in 2016, according to the U.S. Trade Representative. So Canada actually has a trade surplus with the United States. DETAILS JAN 11 2018 ⚡️"We have a trade deficit with South Korea of $31 billion a year.” Repeated 1 time 🔥Trump, as is his practice, inflates the size of the trade deficit by only counting goods, not good and services. The 2016 trade deficit with South Korea was $17 billion. Want more...hold one folks we haven't even made it thru our illustrious leaders lies from any of the other categories or during his first year in office. DETAILS JAN 10 2018 ⚡️"We've set a new record on reducing regulation and all forms of stopping growth and stopping jobs that were crippling America's economy. Again, the records that we've set -- 22 to 1 -- nobody has ever come close.” Repeated 6 times 💥🔥Trump’s count is exaggerated, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. Bloomberg’s review of the administration’s list found almost a third of them actually were begun under earlier presidents. “Others strain the definition of lessening the burden of regulation or were relatively inconsequential, the kind of actions government implements routinely,” Bloomberg reported. DETAILS JAN 10 2018 ⚡️"I'm also pleased to share that the economic ties between our two countries are robust and growing. The United States currently has a trade surplus, which is shocking. Can you believe I'm saying we have a surplus? There aren't too many.” Repeated 8 times 🔥It's unusual for Trump to admit that the United States has a trade surplus with another nation, in this case Norway. But it's misleading to say that they are "not many." There’s barely a trade deficit in goods with the United Kingdom, according to the International Trade Commission, and the United States has a trade surplus with Hong Kong ($30 billion), Netherlands ($24 billion), United Arab Emirates ($21 billion), Belgium ($15 billion), Australia ($14 billion), Singapore ($10 billion) and Brazil ($4 billion), among others. DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"Economic growth has surged past 3 percent, something that wasn’t supposed to happen for a long time.” Repeated 11 times others. 🔥Trump routinely touts quarterly GDP growth of 3 percent, suggesting the figure was unheard of being he took office. But GDP growth has routinely topped 3 percent on a quarterly basis. Most recently, GDP growth hit 3.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015 while Obama was still in office. Trump has pledged 4 percent annual growth, which most economists think is unlikely. DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"The stock market is hitting one all-time record after another, boosting your 401(k)s and retirement accounts for everyday Americans.” Repeated 95 times 🔥This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"On NAFTA, I am working very hard to get a better deal for our country and for our farmers and for our manufacturers. It’s under negotiation as we speak. But think of it: When Mexico is making all of that money, when Canada is making all of that money, it’s not the easiest negotiation. But we’re going to make it fair for you people again.” 🔥Trump frequently suggests the United States is “losing money” --or the other country is "making money -- when there is a trade deficit, but that reflects a fundamental misunderstanding. Americans want to buy these products from overseas, either because of quality or price. If Trump sparked a trade war and tariffs were increased on Mexican goods, then it would raise the cost of those products to Americans. Perhaps that would reduce the purchases of those goods, and thus reduce the trade deficit, but that would not mean the United States would “gain” money that had been lost. DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"Years of crushing taxes, crippling regulations and corrupt politics left our communities hurting, our economy stagnant, and millions of hardworking Americans completely forgotten.” 🔥When Trump became president, the U.S. economy was already in its longest peacetime expansion, the stock market had been in a bill market since 2009 and the unemployment rate was under five percent. DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"My administration has cancelled or delayed over 1,500 planned regulatory actions or assaults — more than any President in the history of the United States.” Repeated 19 times 🔥This claim cannot be verified as there is not enough data for a comparison, but it's especially a stretch to say he's done more in 11 months than any full term president. DETAILS JAN 8 2018 ⚡️"We have cut twenty-two regulations for every one new regulation. Think of that one. ” Repeated 6 times 🔥Trump’s count is exaggerated, according to a Bloomberg News analysis. Bloomberg’s review of the administration’s list found almost a third of them actually were begun under earlier presidents. “Others strain the definition of lessening the burden of regulation or were relatively inconsequential, the kind of actions government implements routinely,” Bloomberg reported. DETAILS JAN 7 2018 ⚡️"The Stock Market has been creating tremendous benefits for our country in the form of not only Record Setting Stock Prices, but present and future Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Seven TRILLION dollars of value created since our big election win!” Repeated 95 times 🔥This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive. DETAILS JAN 5 2018 ⚡️"Dow goes from 18,589 on November 9, 2016, to 25,075 today, for a new all-time Record. Jumped 1000 points in last 5 weeks, Record fastest 1000 point move in history. This is all about the Make America Great Again agenda! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Six trillion dollars in value created!” Repeated 95 times 🔥This is a flip-flop for Trump. Before he was elected, he dismissed the stock-market performance under Obama as “artificial” and “a bubble." Moreover, the U.S. rise in 2017 was not unique. When looking at the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, it’s clear U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. Moreover, with each 1,000-level increase, the accomplishment gets increasing less impressive. DETAILS JAN 4 2018 ⚡️"The historic tax cut I signed into law just two weeks ago, before Christmas, is already delivering major economic gains.” 🔥The tax law had been effect for just a few days when Trump made this comment, so too soon to claim "major economic gains." DETAILS JAN 3 2018 ⚡️"Stock Market had another good day but, now that the Tax Cut Bill has passed, we have tremendous upward potential. Dow just short of 25,000, a number that few thought would be possible this soon into my administration. Also, unemployment went down to 4.1%. Only getting better!” Repeated 95 times

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  • Gregory
    02/10/2018
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    All of you people that hate our president who was duly elected by the american people. I hope you all know that you sound like enemies to your own country men. Get a grip you all sound like a bunch communists

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  • NoHedges
    02/11/2018
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    Narcissism at its best is the core of this particular favorite of our 45th president. “I have Foxconn coming to Wisconsin; that's my deal. You know the head of Foxconn, you know he's a friend of mine. He's still only moving there because of me. And the governor has been fantastic.” - Our Liar-in-Chief FACT CHECK: Trump touted Foxconn's investment announcement, but the company considered investing in U.S.-based facilities since 2014, though its initial plans to invest in Pennsylvania didn't pan out. -courtesy of the Washington Post. One of the few news outlets with the moral fortitude to stand up for American democracy.

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  • NoHedges
    02/10/2018
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    I wonder who out there will actually believe that Obama or his administration "victimized" #45. IF Obama was investigating the Trump campaign, it was probably because he believed that a trump win would have a devastating impact on Americans lives. AND LET'S FACE, HE WAS RIGHT! Obama was the president at the time of these investigations; he was fulfilling his oath of office to protect this nation's citizens. 🔥 I, for one, wish I had done more to heed his warnings! The trump administration cannot understand the integrity or dignity Obama possess in ♠️ spades because they have NONE OF THEIR OWN.

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  • Marylynn
    02/11/2018
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    If Cadet Bone Spurs, John Kelly and the lot didn't know anything about Rob Porter's security clearance issues, they're lying... According to the U.S. State Department's website regarding security clearances this is why an interim clearance is granted: THE INTERIM SECURITY CLEARANCE In exceptional circumstances, the hiring office may request an interim security clearance. The Office of Personnel Security and Suitability may be able to grant an interim security clearance within a few weeks after the individuals has submitted a complete security package. Final clearances usually are processed and adjudicated in less than 90 days. Why didn't this raise so many red flags? 90 DAYS FOLKS, NOT 365 AND COUNTING. Mr. Porter and Jared Kushner have been in the White House for over a year and have been privy to highly classified information. Yet, you don't hear one lawmaker raising the roof about it.. I wonder why that is? ONE MORE TIDBIT I JUST FOUND OUT TODAY, THE PRESIDENT IS NOT SUBJECT TO ANY SECURITY CLEARANCE. THIS SHOULD MAKE US ALL TAKE NOTICE. THEN AGAIN, I HIGHLY DOUBT CADET BONE SPURS WOULD'VE GOT ANY KIND OF CLEARANCE.

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  • Marylynn
    02/12/2018
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    The latest abuse in Washington D.C. is Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, who's travel expenses have been costing the taxpayers a fortune. Good old Scott doesn't believe in traveling coach, oh no, it's first class or a private jet for him. Seems like he's following in the current administration's cabinet's footsteps. racking up the travel bills so that they can travel in style. Sorry Scott, it's time for you to pay your own way or leave your job. You're a disgrace, but no surprise there, look who your boss is.

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  • Terry
    02/11/2018
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    1st half hour was politics. Which continues with NK dictator’s sister sitting behind U.S. VP Pence. Constant mention of politics thru out. Another entertainment venue being ruined. Shortening the events shown, hardly mentioning of U.S. participants and commercials galore. This over 3 channels. Having the banned Russian athletes participate ? Having NK athletes participate ? Shows the hypocrisy of it all. NK will use this to there advantage to shore up his dictatorship.

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  • Dennis
    02/10/2018
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    I generally support the programs funded by the recent "bipartisan" budget deal. But I remain seriously concerned by the ever increasing Federal deficit which doesn't seem to bother the President and most in Congress. Unless and until the President and Congress figures out how to pay for all this spending, we will become a country consumed by an unacceptable level of debt, to the great disadvantage of all Americans. I strenuously objected to the 1.5 million deficit created by the recent grossly over generous tax bill and believe that if we are to appropriately deal with a very serious deficit crisis, serious consideration must be given to reigning in unnecessary spending and prudently revisiting the tax deal to find more revenue so that at the end of the day our lack of revenue isn't used simply as an excuse to take it out on the least fortunate among us.

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