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The DC: Barr appoints U.S. attorney to investigate Trump-Russia probe origins, and... 💵 Should we stop taxing tampons?

by Countable | 5.15.19

Welcome to Wednesday, ides of Mayers...

Who Investigates The Investigators?

Attorney General William Barr has appointed John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Meanwhile, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is examining whether there was any political bias in the initial decision to wiretap and collect intelligence on the Trump campaign.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has also vowed to "investigate the investigators," a phrase that "has become a rallying cry for many Trump allies who believe the president was unfairly targeted," according to Axios.

How do you feel about a probe into the Russia probe?

On the Radar

Casino Or Casinyes?

The House is set to vote Wednesday on a bill that was abruptly removed from last week’s schedule after a tweet of disapproval from President Trump jeopardized its passage under the fast-track “suspension of the rules” process typically used for relatively uncontroversial bills.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (H.R. 312) would reaffirm the status of the tribe’s reservation so that it can convert the land into a trust that enables it to build a $1.1 billion casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The casino has faced opposition from politicians in neighboring Rhode Island, including House Democratic Reps. David Cicilline and James Langevin, who are concerned a Mashpee Wampanoag casino in Massachusetts could cost the state of Rhode Island millions of dollars in tax revenues from gambling. And Trump encouraged House Republicans to join them in opposition via Twitter:

"Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!"

Do you support or oppose the Mashpee Wampanoag casino bill?

Under the Radar

Dropping The Diaper & Tampon Tax

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has proposed cutting taxes on tampons and diapers.

1 in 3 U.S. families struggle to afford diapers, which can cost up to $1,200 a year per family.

Women in the Golden State spend $20 million annually in taxes on menstrual products.

Take a look at our video explainer, then tell your reps:

Should the U.S. cut taxes on diapers and tampons?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:00am EDT, the president will deliver remarks at the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the Capitol.
  • At 2:45pm EDT, the president will meet with the secretary of state.
  • At 7:00pm EDT, the president and the first lady will host the White House Historical Association Dinner.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to reaffirm the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation so it can build a casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The Senate: In

What You're Saying

Here's how you're answering Should the Federal Gov’t Reaffirm the Status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Reservation?

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And, in the End…

It's Straw Hat Day. Here's FDR looking very dapper in said chapeau:

—Josh Herman

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