What the Budget Deal Does — and Doesn't

May 01, 2017

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill reached an agreement over the weekend to keep the government open through Sept. 30—and the negotiator-in-chief got rolled. The deal increases funding for the military and border security—narrowly restricts its use and prevents it from being used to build Trump's border wall. Where Trump's request for the current fiscal year had defense and border spending, it had steep cuts for the EPA, State Department and other agencies in an effort to make it deficit-neutral. But he lost on that front as well. The will also increase non-defense spending, including funding retirement accounts for coal miners, expanding cancer research and providing for healthcare in Puerto Rico. It also maintains funding for Planned Parenthood and funds former President Obama's cancer moonshot program. It also funds subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. The White House maintains that it's merely living to fight another day—on the FY 2018 budget negotiations that will begin in earnest in a few weeks. But accepting all of these provisions to avert a shutdown shows just how little juice Trump has on Capitol Hill right now to drive his own agenda.

Trump invites Duterte to the White House. What happened at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. And Bernie Sanders knocks Obama on Wall Street speaking fees.

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Budget Deal Reached in Congress
The agreement would avoid a government shutdown.

Democrats Say They Now Know Exactly Why Clinton Lost
The Obama-Trump voter [McClatchy]

Trump’s ‘Very Friendly’ Talk With Duterte Stuns Aides and Critics Alike
Duterte's brutal drug crackdown has drawn condemnation from rights groups [New York Times]

Amid Immigration Setbacks, One Trump Strategy Seems to Be Working: Fear
Reduced crossings and heightened nerves [Washington Post]

The First 100 Days of President Trump's Critics Went Surprisingly Well
The state of the resistance [TIME]

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“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but had had a big hear. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.' “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” — President Trump in an interview with journalist Salena Zito (Jackson died well before the Civil War.)

"Okay, it's enough. Thank you." — Trump abruptly ending an interview with CBS's John Dickerson when asked about his Obama wiretapping claims

Bits and Bites

Journalists honor press freedom at a dinner without Trump [Associated Press]

'America Has Rarely Seen Such Success': Trump Campaign Releases Ad on President's First 100 Days [TIME]

President Trump Rallies Pennsylvania Crowd to Mark His First 100 Days [Associated Press]

Trump starts dismantling his shadow Cabinet [Politico]

The 5 Best Jokes From the White House Correspondents' Dinner [TIME]

'We Are Not Fake News': Journalists Toast Freedom of the Press at Dinner [TIME]

President Trump Invites Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to White House [TIME]

White House official says 'we've looked at' changes to libel laws that would restrict press freedom [ABC]

President Trump's Adviser Sebastian Gorka to Leave the White House [Associated Press]

Bernie Sanders Calls Barack Obama's $400,000 Wall Street Speech 'Distasteful' [TIME]

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