Vox Sentences: This budget won’t become law. Read it as what it is: a manifesto.

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Such a thin funds, you possibly can starve.

Killing CPB to fund CBP

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  • The Trump administration launched its "skinny budget" — an overview of modifications to present funding it's planning to request when it submits a proper funds to Congress later this yr — on Thursday. The funds is much less "skinny" than it’s disordered — the administration has bumped up protection spending by 10 p.c, and made billions of in cuts to discretionary home packages to make up for it. [Vox / Dylan Matthews]
  • The advantage of such deep cuts is that with so many packages outright eradicated below the thin funds, it's simpler to know the way People can be affected — and specifically, what the funds would do to most of the working-class and rural voters that Trump considers his base. [Washington Post / Philip Bump]
  • Workplace of Administration and Funds Director Mick Mulvaney, defending the cuts at a White Home press convention, gave one of many extra tone-deaf defenses of funds austerity in current reminiscence — arguing that packages to offer children meals after college, and Meals on Wheels, don't "show results," and that chopping them is "compassionate." (In reality, each of them have been proven to supply advantages past, you understand, feeding the individuals they feed.) [NYT / Paula Span]
  • After all, these involved with proof produce other issues to fret about: Mulvaney outright stated that local weather change analysis is "a waste of your money," and the thin funds cuts the Environmental Safety Company's funds by 30 p.c (with even deeper cuts for science grants in different companies). [Vox / Brian Resnick and Sarah Frostenson]
  • In the meantime, the mix of beefed-up protection funding and slashed State Division funding displays a world by which the US has cashed in all its mushy energy for exhausting energy. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]
  • Probably the most fascinating elements of Trump's funds are the place the strains between "domestic spending" (dangerous) and "public safety" (good) blur. So there's much more spending for immigration detention, for instance, however much less spending for normal federal prisons — thanks partially to the truth that the Trump funds assumes on the Obama-era decline within the federal jail inhabitants will proceed, although the president and his lawyer common assume that incarceration is the answer to crime. [The Guardian / Lois Beckett]
  • After which, in fact, there's the query of the border wall. Between the funds and the request for supplemental protection and safety funding for 2017 that the Trump administration submitted to Congress Thursday, it's asking for $four billion for the wall — which everybody agrees received't pay for a whole wall, however nobody is aware of how a lot it truly will pay for. [Politico / Ted Hesson]
  • Keep in mind: This isn't the formal funds but. And it's impossible that these cuts will change into legislation. Republicans in Congress are usually freaking out over the funds Trump introduced, and never in a great way. [Washington Post / Kelsey Snell and Karoun Demirjian]
  • Presidents' budgets are virtually at all times fantasy paperwork; Congress not often takes funding cues blindly from the chief department. However this quote from a senior Home GOP aide continues to be putting: "It's a joke … we've learned not to listen to anything he says or does. We're on our own." [Glenn Thrush via Twitter]

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Faucet, faucet, faucet. Is that this factor off?

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  • Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the chair and rating member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued a joint assertion Thursday declaring flatly that they are saying "no indications" that President Trump was "wiretapped" or in any other case surveilled by President Obama or anybody else. [Reuters / Ayesha Rascoe and Doina Chiacu]
  • The assertion comes the week earlier than FBI Director James Comey is about to testify earlier than Congress on the continued inquiry into hyperlinks between Trump and Russia — throughout which he'll virtually definitely be requested about Trump's accusation final week (over Twitter) that Trump Tower was "wiretapped" in the course of the marketing campaign. The assertion may make it simpler for Comey to disclaim the allegation. [Vox / Yochi Dreazen]
  • The issue is that the president is sticking to this ridiculous declare. Very a lot so. Press secretary Sean Spicer delivered an eight-minute(!) soliloquy to reporters Thursday on the topic — arguing vehemently that proof would come out that the UK intelligence company GCHQ had surveilled the president. [Politico / Matthew Nussbaum]
  • This declare has its roots in a conspiracy principle that Obama requested the UK to surveil Trump — which is unlawful in about two completely different instructions, and likewise wholly unsubstantiated. [Observer / John R. Schindler]
  • (The UK is, unsurprisingly, fairly offended on the accusation.) [Jim Sciutto via Twitter]
  • As a part of Trump's try and again up his claims Wednesday night time, throughout an interview with Tucker Carlson, he threw out a declare that "the CIA was hacked" — one thing that’s both a lie or, as Rep. Adam Schiff (the rating Democrat on the Home Intelligence Committee) has identified, categorized info that anybody else in authorities can be in bother for leaking. [Politico / Austin Wright]


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  • Scoxit: On Monday, Nicola Sturgeon — the primary minister of Scotland and a member of the pro-independence Scottish Nationwide Celebration — referred to as for a vote on Scottish independence from the UK in fall 2018 or spring 2019. Name it Scoxit. [New Statesman / Patrick Maguire]
  • Brexit: Scottish voters rejected independence in 2014. However that was earlier than final yr's referendum on Britain leaving the EU — one thing Scotland fiercely opposed. [NYT / Katrin Bennhold]
  • Single Marxit: Scoxit would enable Scotland to rejoin the EU and, accordingly, guarantee its continued entry to the EU's single commerce market. However it could erect commerce boundaries with the UK, which, for apparent causes, is a serious commerce associate itself. [FT / Gemma Tetlow]
  • Dismixit: Independence would additionally arrange Scotland for, probably, years of funds austerity — the nation's economic system doesn't look too scorching proper now. However it's not like Brexit goes to be an financial stroll within the park, both. And moreover, one of many classes of the Brexit vote is that warnings of financial threat merely didn't matter as a lot to voters as they did to specialists. [The Spectator / Alex Massie]
  • Nixit!: UK Prime Minister Theresa Might was anticipated to formally approve the referendum request. However on Thursday, she didn't. Might and her Conservative authorities (in addition to the Scottish Labour Celebration) argue that Scotland shouldn't vote on independence till the UK has accomplished its Brexit negotiations with the EU (which received't have been accomplished by spring 2019), in order that Scotland is aware of what it's voting on. [The Guardian / Severin Carell and Heather Stewart]
  • Forxit: It's potential that Sturgeon and the Scottish authorities will maintain pushing Might to fold. Subsequent week, the nation's parliament is predicted to ask the UK authorities for an order below "Section 30," which might enable a legally binding referendum. [BBC]
  • Bootxit: If Might and the UK maintain taking part in hardball with Scotland, they could be hurting themselves within the medium run — if Scots see the UK as messing round of their affairs an excessive amount of, they could be extra inclined to assist independence. [FT / Mure Dickie and George Parker]


  • In protection of "y'all": a manifesto. [The Atlantic / Vann R. Newkirk II]
  • Enjoyable historical past truth: King George V was killed by his physician, Lord Dawson, who injected him with 750mg of morphine and a gram of cocaine so he'd die in time for the Occasions to cowl his passing. [The Guardian / Sam Knight]
  • In 1996, Peter Navarro (now Trump's anti-trade guru) ran for Congress as a Democrat, and was supported in rallies by … Hillary Clinton. [Politico / Megan Cassella]
  • What if research counting on Amazon's Mechanical Turk are utilizing the identical few thousand individuals over and again and again? [Science / John Bohannon]
  • A examine in Sweden finds that individuals on the autism spectrum have a shorter life expectancy, by 16 years — and docs' failure to deal with unrelated well being situations in autistic individuals could possibly be a key purpose why. [NIH]


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