Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 8:00am

The Trumpster Fire (3-28-17)

The Trumpster Fire: Gallup Daily, 3-28-17

GALLUP DAILY: Real Unemployment 9.2% (-0.2) | Gallup Good Jobs 45.1% (-) | Engaged at Work 33.8% (+0.1) | Economic Confidence 6 (+2) | Consumer Spending $91 (-4) | Trump Approval 36% (-)

Liveblogging the Trump presidency, one catastrophe at a time.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is getting roasted pretty hard for canceling an open hearing of the House Intelligence Committee today. Sally Yates, who indicated she was going to contradict the White House’s version of events about Michael Flynn, was supposed to testify today.


NEWS: Trump managed to keep the lid on his Twitter account all the way until Monday night before having a tweet-hissy about Russia and the big Obamacare fail. (TPM)

NEWS: Trump has proposed eliminating 17 independent agencies in the Washington area. They are: the African Development Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Chemical Safety Board, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Delta Regional Authority, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Inter-American Foundation, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the United States Institute of Peace, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. (AP)

NEWS: Trump’s proposed budget (which probably won’t be passed so don’t get too wound up) could cause a recession in the Washington DC area. (AP)

NEWS: “Trump is hosting a listening session Tuesday with the Fraternal Order of Police. Opening the event, Trump said public safety was a top concern, specifically citing shootings in Chicago.” Trump said, “I will work night and day to make American safe again.” (AP)

  • RELATED: Here’s your reminder that America is safer now than it ever has been in the past, hysterical, ratings-boosting news coverage of crime notwithstanding. (Cato Institute)

NEWS: Speaker Paul Ryan says not to get defunding Planned Parenthood tangled up with passing a budget. A few folks have floated the idea of adding the plan to defund PP to the upcoming budget bill, but no one seems to have a real taste for doing that yet. (AP)

NEWS: “President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama’s plan to curb global warming.” (AP, Also: NPR, TPM)

  • EXPLAINER: “Trump kills Clean Power Plan, orders agencies to ignore climate change: Goodbye pollution regulations, hello pretending climate science doesn’t exist.” (Ars Technica)
NEWS: “The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.” (Washington Post)

  • UPDATE: The White House says this report is “entirely false,” and here’s the problem: This White House is so shady, they can’t be believed when they say things like this. That would be the “credibility problem” everyone’s been talking about. (Washington Post, AP)
  • RELATED: Sally Yates was supposed to testify in an open hearing in front of the House Intelligence Committee meeting today, but that hearing got canceled by HIC Chair Devin Nunes. Was it because of the Yates testimony? (NPR)

NEWS: “Embattled House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes on Tuesday rejected calls for his recusal, questioning why he should step aside from leading the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and possible collusion between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s associates.” (Politico, Also: NPR)

EXPLAINER: Vox goes over today’s Russian investigation drama involving former acting attorney general Sally Yates, her planned testimony and the House Intelligence Committee meeting cancellations. Read it here.

NEWS: So-called “Sanctuary Cities” aren’t taking AG Sessions’ threat to their funding lying down. They’re threatening to take the Trump administration to court, citing the 10th Amendment, which prohibits the Federal government from coopting state and local authorities to enforce federal mandates. (NPR)

POLL: Trump’s approval rating in California is abysmal. Despite that, a majority of Californians would prefer their leaders try to work with Trump rather than risk federal funding. (Politico)

NEWS: “The Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico charged Sunday that it would be immoral, and even treacherous, for Mexican companies to invest in President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.” (Politico)

NEWS: The House GOP wants another go at repealing Obamacare, but they won’t set a timetable or give any details. (TPM)

  • NEWS: The House Freedom Caucus is kicking around the idea of filing a “discharge petition” on one of the Obamacare repeal bills. This would force the House to vote on the bill after it gained 216 signatures from lawmakers. Assuming the House Freedom Caucus can even get the needed 216 signatures, forcing the vote would make a big headache for the rest of the House GOP, who are not happy at the prospect of being forced into a straight repeal like this. (Politico)
  • NEWS: “House Republicans were out in force Tuesday insisting they’re not giving up their push to repeal and replace Obamacare. Privately, though, they’re nowhere near a consensus on how to move forward.” (Politico)

NEWS: “The White House is asking Congress to cut $18 billion from discretionary spending bills for the current fiscal year that have been long settled — a move that could threaten a major showdown just a month ahead of the deadline to keep the government funded.” (Politico)

NEWS: Trump’s DoJ still hasn’t appealed Hawaii’s block of its second Muslim ban. Folks are starting to think Trump is stalling the appeals process. (Politico) If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would posit that Trump is waiting for something to happen in the US that he can call a terrorist action, committed by a Muslim, to use to force the EO through the courts.

NEWS: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back on some of the language in Trump’s climate change executive order, and now he’s catching hell from conservatives over it: “In discussions with the White House over the executive order Trump is scheduled to sign on Tuesday, Pruitt successfully argued against including language revoking the agency’s 2009 ‘endangerment finding,’ according to two sources close to the issue.” (Politico)

NEWS: Republicans might not pay for Trump’s wall after all. Democrats are vowing to block anything that includes even a penny for the border wall, which is making getting the thing funded a real headache for Republicans. (Politico)

NEWS: Democrats introduced a bill over the weekend to force Trump to release the visitors’ logs for the White House and Mar-A-Lago, but that’s going to be pretty tricky to do if the bill passes (it won’t), since Mar-A-Lago isn’t keeping any visitors’ logs. (Politico)

NEWS: “Senior Democratic sources are now increasingly confident that Gorsuch can’t clear a filibuster, saying his ceiling is likely mid- to upper-50s on the key procedural vote.” This means the Republicans are almost certainly going to nuke the filibuster. (Politico)

EXPLAINER: What’s ahead for tax reform? Politico lays out the path. Read it here.

NEWS: “After months of overtures from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Trump administration is trading harsh diplomatic words with Moscow, further dimming the prospects for a strategic alliance between the two countries.” (Politico)

NEWS: “A Republican-controlled committee of lawmakers approved a bill on Tuesday to allow a congressional audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy, a proposal Fed policymakers have opposed and which faces an uncertain path to final approval.” This bill is seen as stipping independence from the Federal Reserve, and might put the Reserve in the position of having interest rate decisions and whatnot influenced by politics. (Reuters)

NEWS: “U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has billed his move to re-open federal lands to new coal leases as a win for miners seeking to expand production. But a review of company filings shows that coal miners with the most to gain already have enough leases in hand to last well over a decade.” (Reuters)

NEWS: “Ford Motor Co on Tuesday said it would invest $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities and create 130 jobs in projects largely in line with a previous agreement with the United Auto Workers union, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump touted a “major investment” by the automaker on Twitter.” (Reuters)

NEWS: “For years the national political organizations of both Democratic and Republican state attorneys general observed an agreement not to target the other party’s incumbent office-holders in elections. That hands-off stance ended this month when Republican AGs voted to abandon the agreement and spend money to help unseat Democrats in other states, according to the Republican Attorneys General Association.” (Reuters) This comes after Democratic attorney generals in several states have opposed Trump’s policies, but I’m sure that has nothing to do with anything, right?

NEWS: “A federal immigration agent shot an unarmed man for no apparent reason as the man answered the door at his Chicago home, a lawyer for the wounded man said.” (AP)

SEAN SPICER SHOW: On today’s episode, Spicer got into with April D. Ryan over the incessant White House drama and turned a simple question into a meltdown (see Twitter video below). He also said the GOP was still planning on repealing Obamacare, sidestepped a question about whether or not Nunes should recuse himself and dodged another question about if Trump still thinks climate change is a hoax. (Politico, Washington Post, TPM: 1, 2, Axios)


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